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Hummingbirds en route
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Although rare, hummingbirds that normally breed in the West may visit Georgia in the winter, sometimes staying until March or April. However, the ruby-throated hummingbird is the only species that breeds in eastern North America.
Right now, these tiny birds are buzzing toward the Southeast at 30-50 mph, flying all the way from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Islands. Their non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico takes 18-20 hours. Males typically arrive first and fight for territories that have ample food and nesting spaces, hoping to entice the females that show up shortly thereafter.
WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.
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