Texas September 21, 2019
Thousands Of Hummingbirds Are Headed Straight For Texas This Fall
Butterflies aren’t the only animals that migrate – in fact, many insects and birds fly south for the winter: hummingbirds included. These tiny creatures can be spotted throughout Texas before making their big trip, and now is the prime time to catch a glimpse! Here’s everything you need to know:
Hummingbirds make two migrations each year: spring and fall. Breeding usually takes place in late summer, after which southward migration to Mexico begins.
Several theories attempt to explain what signals the start of fall migration. Factors such as daylight duration and declining numbers of insects, flowers, and nectar have all been implicated.
Here's a rundown of how the birds prepare for their big trip south. The tiny creatures must first gain between 25 and 40 percent of their body weight to support a 1260 beat-per-minute heart rate.
Due to the shortage of food sources, bird feeders are more important than ever. It is recommended to leave them up approximately two weeks after the final bird sighting just to ensure any stragglers are taken care of.
The ruby-throated variety can be seen in extraordinary numbers from late August to early September. They gather along the South Texas coast in preparation for the last leg of their migration.
Finally, the black-chinned Hummingbird is especially unique because it breeds in and migrates to Texas during wintertime. This means you can catch glimpses of it all throughout the year!
So if you want to get a glimpse of these flittering little guys, now is the prime time! It promises to be a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Have you ever spotted a hummingbird in Texas? If so, what species? Let us know all the details, and check out our previous article for another incredible migration occurring this fall:
Record Numbers Of Monarch Butterflies To Pass Through Texas Next Month.