Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hummingbird Fall Migration 2010

Ruby-throated hummingbirds began migrating through here around August 10th.  Males first.  Always. They have territory to claim.

The birds have to migrate early, they have a long way to go. Some fly nonstop more than 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico.  

Migration is peaking now in our Texas Hill Country.  


We're filling five feeders twice a day, and smiling every time we look out the windows.

You can smile too, just click the video for a minute of winged wonder. 

 


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12 comments :

N2 said...

Wow, five feeders twice a day! The air must be buzzing all day long. Love this capture of the hummers, Kathleen. x0 N2

TexasDeb said...

Holy moly. We have two competing hummingbirds here and that is about it. I suppose we are off the migratory path which I'll have to talk to the hummingbird travel mags about.

Our two cats just looooove to watch the two birds we have - if we had action like you are seeing I think their little kitty heads might explode!

Birdwoman said...

I thought the activity was frenetic around my yard but you've got me beat, hands down!

deb said...

okay, I'm so jealous !

I've been spotting a few more this year. The trees are getting more mature, and of course critters of all sorts are feeling cozier.
Someone has a rose of sharon planted right near the neighbourhood mailbox and there is a hummingbird that is often bopping around there.
We finally put a feeder in our yard this year. Late though, so fingers crossed for next year.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I love hummingbirds! So miraculous.

Love,

SB

~ deb ~ said...

OH yes ... we have 'em swarmin' around here like bees .. It makes for GREAT entertainment out on the porch.

We have 4 feeders, but only fill them every other day..

Vince said...

Hell, this is how our Swallows fly so far on the wing. You have a blase of insects.
We are seeing one or two Swifts at the moment, but But being so far south and with low flying birds willing to travel. The night height columns must be huge. Our Swifts and Swallows must dip and dive with a gob open at 40,000ft. In Texas, someone is marking swarms of something or other. But for the life of me I cannot remember what.

Rosey said...

They are incredibly hyper. Like my kids when they eat tons of sugar.

Neat video!

Hodgesb said...

Hey, Enjoy my hummingbirds. They left my house here in White Salmon, Wa. 2 or 3 days ago. I looked in my journal and they left last year on Sept. 4th...
They must be all clean and shiny after going through your rains and tropical storm last week. I had 8 to 12 of them eating and living here in the trees outside our windows most of the summer.
It is time for me to start thinking about my winter exit plan too. They are a great reminder...

Jen said...

Hummingbirds are my favorite. It's amazing how such tiny things can fly so far.

SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

Fairy birds. You know I've never seen one!

Vicki said...

Hi, Kathleen,
I have really enjoyed finding your Hill Country blog. I live in the Killeen, Harker Heights, Ft. Hood area. I enjoyed seeing your hummers also. I don't know very much about them, but I always put a feeder by my patio door so I can see them and be fascinated by them. I have had a ruby throated one, too. Didn't know they migrated through here. I also read about your dwarf barbados cherry. I am thinking about purchasing one. Enjoy your upcoming weekend~Vicki