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05-16-2007, 12:03 PM
Yoo hoo, Colibri --
Hummingbirds migrate south (Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America) for the winter. Do they follow established migration routes, similar to hawks or Monarch butterflies? IOW, are there particular spots where you can go to watch hummers migrate en masse?
And are the answers to these questions the same for differnt types of hummingbirds? For fall and spring?
just getting in on the thread to see what occurs. Good questions. xo, C.
05-16-2007, 01:24 PM
Here's some information on hummingbird migration (http://www.hummingbirdworld.com/h/migrate.htm#by-species) for different species. There are also links to migration routes for Ruby-throats and Rufous hummers.
Some species have particular routes, for example the Ruby-throat around the Gulf of Mexico, where you are probably likely to see individuals more frequently during migration. However, hummers don't really migrate in flocks like hawks or Monarchs do, so the migration is much less noticeable.
05-16-2007, 02:28 PM
However, hummers don't really migrate in flocks like hawks or Monarchs do, so the migration is much less noticeable.
So it's more about behavior while migrating, rather than the routes per se? Gotcha. (I'd found the migration maps linked in your link, but since they seemed to indicate endpoints rather than routes, I wasn't sure if I could infer an answer to my question or not.)
Many thanks, sir!
[signed]The President of your Fan Club
If you want to see migrating birds, find the lowest spot in a mountain range (I have no idea what those are called in english. "abra" in spanish). With our without set migration routes, birds tend to prefer those.
05-16-2007, 03:36 PM
However, hummers don't really migrate in flocks like hawks or Monarchs do
Aw. That would be really cool to see!
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