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Monday, June 11, 2012

What is the hummingbird season in Michigan?

Is too late to put up a hummingbird feeder? ~ Lansing

While the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds can arrive in Michigan as early as April and settle in to territories in the spring, they are always looking for food sources. Curious hummingbirds will come to investigate a feeder no matter what part of the season it is hung.

In late June newly fledged hummers appear and have to check out everything to see if it's food and you may catch them with your feeders.

Then starting in the middle of July males begin to wander widely, and some are already heading south. Before you know it you'll have hungry southbound migrants to feed! 

Migration continues through the middle of October and there are plenty of opportunities to see hummers feeding. The migration south is a more leisurely trip than the race north. So you may see these new hummers at your feeder for a couple weeks before they catch a good wind to move further south. 

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are definitely on the move in Delton! we are going through a feeder and a half a day!

Tamarra McMaken said...

Us also. Just had 9 at one time. Can't keep up with them.

Therese Stover said...

My little buddies are tanking up!

Anonymous said...

still have a small one and a larger one filling up

ruby babies said...

They are still here in Deckerville, Mi. Not several, but a few daily.

Sunny r said...

Had lots of hummingbirds at my feeder in Lansing until we had that cool spell. Now, I haven't seen any and the nectar in the feeder has not gone down. I wonder if the birds here decided to go south early to avoid those cooler temperatures. Too bad as the warm weather has returned but, not the hummingbirds.

Sunny r said...

Had lots of hummingbirds at my feeder in Lansing until we had that cool spell. Now, I haven't seen any and the nectar in the feeder has not gone down. I wonder if the birds here decided to go south early to avoid those cooler temperatures. Too bad as the warm weather has returned but, not the hummingbirds.

blusummer said...

We still have a few stragglers in Hillsdale. Just saw a couple at the feeder.