Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hummingbirds Bulk Up For Fall Migration

Preparing for fall migration southward a cold Ruby Throated Hummingbird puts on a lot of weight in early October and guards its nectar feeder in preparation for the long flight from the Great Smoky Mountains to perhaps Mexico or Central America. Freezing temperatures have arrived as of 10/5/14 and a few straggler migrants will continue passing through and feeding voraciously. Feeders will be kept out for a few more weeks just in case a late arrival needs help. Contrary to some beliefs, leaving hummingbird nectar feeders out in the fall does not delay migration, but rather helps those hummers migrating later in the season.

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