Spring has arrived in theUnited States and hummingbirds are headed north.Thebirds typically migrate north in the late winter and spring, after spendingtheir winters in parts of Central America or Mexico.An online map gives you aclose look at the birds' route north and when to expect their arrival asthey travel across North America this spring.
This map shows thejourney of hummingbirds.
Feeding every 10-15minutes and visiting 1,000-2,000 flowers per day, hummingbirds need a lot ofnutrients to maintain their momentum, according to the National Audubon Society.
With little wings thatflap at up to 90 beats per second for thousands of miles, migration is aworkout, which is why it is important to have feeders with the nutrients ready forwhen they arrive, according to the Audubon. To help thesebirds and boost your chances of spotting them, fill a feeder or garden withnectar and nectar-rich plants.If you’re thinking of substituting nectar withhoney in a bird feeder, don't, the Audubon says. Honey can promote dangerousfungal growth.When hummingbirds arrive in your state, here're four more keyguidelines on how to interact with them.
· Replace food regularly
· Keep your bird feeder clean
· Avoid pesticide use
· Only put water or food in the bird feeder
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