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USA Bird Supply Offers 10 Ways To Help Hummingbirds During Their Fall Migration


Clarence, NY (PRWEB) August 16, 2011

Continue feeding hummingbirds in mid-August and September as they start their migration back to warmer climates. They do not migrate in flocks nor fly very highmainly so they can see food sources along the way.

Ruby Throated Hummingbirds fly to Florida, Louisiana or Texas by mid-September before flying across the Gulf to Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula and south. However, a significant population now winters along the Gulf Coast between Florida and Texas. Almost all hummingbirds migrate except some of the Annas and Allens hummingbirds in Southern California and Annas can also spend the winter in Arizona. The Costas hummingbird breeds in the Colorado desert during winter.

In the weeks before hummingbirds migrate, they start to intensely feed called hyperphagia, and try to gain weight and fat. A female might put on 25-40% more weight while a smaller male might double its weight. Hummingbirds consume 50% of their weight in sugar each day from flower nectar and feeders with insects providing the remainder.

Ornithologists have calculated that a hummingbird can fly 600 miles without having to re-fuel. The distance from Florida to the Yucatan is 525 miles. It is estimated that this may take them 22 hrs. With headwinds, the challenge becomes greater. With tailwinds, the trip can become easier. Also keep in mind that hummingbirds will be migrating south from Canada. A ruby-throated hummingbird travels an average of 23 miles per day. Early morning and evening feeding are important as they travel mid-day. Blooming jewelweed is an important food source.

10 Things To Help Hummingbirds During Their Fall Migration

1. Put out Hummingbird Feeders, ideally more than one as they do not like to share and tend to be territorial (15 feet apart; ideally so they cant see each other) USABirdSupply.com offers over 100 feeders.

2.When feeding hummingbirds, go from a 4 to 1 to a 3 to 1 ratio of sugar to water so they dont waste energy. Boil the mixture, cool, put in the refrigerator and use as needed.

3. Plant Flowers that have high nectar content.

4. Those reisiding in the southern part of the US should add more hummingbird feeders as this may be one of their last stops before a 525 mile journeythis could be until late October.

5. Cool weather and day length help dictate the migrationif it is warmer, they may leave later.

6. Leave feeders out as there may be some stragglers.

7. If there is a killing frost, hurricane or other weather that affects flowers and their nectar, feeders will become a lifeline.

8. Hummingbirds will migrate south so leaving feeders full will not keep them from migrating.

9. Do not use soap to clean a hummingbird feeder. Use hot water/brushes.

10. Change the hummingbird nectar or sugar water every 3-5 days, every 2 days in very hot weather.

USABirdSupply.com, Located in Clarence, NY outside Buffalo, Offers Over 1000 Bird Products Including Bird Feeders, Bird Houses, Bird Baths, Garden Art, Martin Houses, Garden Stakes, Bat & Owl Houses, Garden Flags, Butterfly Feeders and Live Mason Bees.

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