Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

A flash of green and red is the first sign that the hummingbirds have returned to your garden!  They are brilliant in colour and fun to watch them dart with precision-flying from feeder to flower.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are bright emerald or golden-green on the back and crown, with grey-white underparts.  Males have a brilliant iridescent red throat that looks dark when it’s not in a good light.  They live in open woodlands, forest edges, meadows, grasslands and in parks, gardens and backyards

Hummingbird wings can flap 200 times a second, which means they burn energy fast.  They need to eat 1.5 to 3 times their weight in food every day so they can be eating every 15 minutes! 

The hummingbirds are in the middle of their long migration right now!  They start in southeast Mexico and fly all the way north to the US and Canada.  Is your garden ready for the ‘Hummers’?  They love the nectar or sugar water in flowers or feeders but also eat both plant and animal material such as insects and small spiders.

Where are the latest sightings?  View the map and see where they are now in their flight north.