NATURE NOTES: September is for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds!

Ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate as much as 1,000 miles twice a year between their wintering and breeding grounds.

By the start of September, ruby-throated hummingbird migration is well underway and we’ve been seeing them regularly at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. It’s time to get those feeders out! These little jeweled warriors will let you know if you are tardy in meeting the demands of their sweet tooth.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds begin southward migration in August and continue through October, with mid-September as the peak of their journey. Weighing in at only 3 grams, they are a terror in the air and definitely not candidates for good behavior, which is why we say they don’t work and play well with others. Sharing is just not their thing.

Susan Heath, Ph.D., is an avian conservation biologist for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 Highway 332 W. in Lake Jackson. Contact the observatory at 979-480-0999 or visit

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