|female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at Schuylkill Nature Center|
The hummingbirds should be migrating.
Originally published October 2015,dates still apply.
Another hummingbird the Rufous Hummingbird is a regular rare visitor to Pennsylvania during migration. This hummingbird frequents backyard hummingbird feeders during their migration from August to December. The Rufous doesn’t nest in Philadelphia or Pennsylvania. The Ruby-Throated does nest in the state.
Now it a good time to put out hummingbird feeders to attract hummingbirds to your garden. Many of these small birds will be passing through on their migration down to Central America.
The hummingbird migration dates vary according region of the country.This chart covers the eight most common species that breed in North America. This information is helpful in knowing when to place your nectar feeders out in your backyard habitat gardens. If you don’t live in the Philadelphia area, any bird field guide will tell you which species you can expect to find in your neighborhood.
|Ruby-throated||late February to mid-May||late July to late October|
|Allen’s||January to March||mid-May to September|
|Anna’s||does not migrate;||shifts to local areas with more food|
|Black-chinned||mid-March through mid-May||mid-July – November|
|Broad-tailed||March to May||August to October|
|Calliope||March to May||late July to September|
|Costa’s||late January to February||September to October|
|Rufous||February to May||late June to September|
For a great hummingbird feeder nectar recipe, try four parts water to one part sugar. Dissolve the sugar in the water and place it hummingbird feeder. Chane the sugar water frequently as it can spoil quickly in the sunshine.