I read that the 2016 Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration seems to have kicked off about a week or so earlier than 2015’s journey. It did seem like they showed up early at my place here in Arkansas. I forgot to note the day I first saw a male, but I remembered that it seemed early.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds will typically begin their northern migration in late February to early March. By mid-late March, they will begin reaching the southern tips of many Gulf Coast states like Texas and Louisiana.
I photographed this female back on the eighth of June and I almost forgot to share this photo with you here on my blog. I replaced this feeder that you see in the photograph with a new one. I just could not get it as clean as I wanted.
I don’t have the numbers of Hummingbirds here in my area like most people report they have. I have only seen three and the male that hangs around usually doesn’t have to spend time running others off of the feeder.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Facts
The vocalizations of ruby-throated hummingbirds are rapid, squeaky chirps, which are used primarily for threats. For example, males may vocalize to warn another male that has entered his territory.
During the courtship displays, the male makes a rapid tik-tik tik-tik tik-tik sound, apparently with his wings. The sound is produced both during the shuttle display, at each end of the side-to-side flight. Also, the sound is made during dive displays. A second, rather faint, repeated whining sound is sometimes produced with the outer tail-feathers during the dive, as the male flies over the female, spreading and shutting the tail as he does so.
The oldest known Ruby-throated Hummingbird to be banded was 9 years and 1 month of age. Almost all hummingbirds of 7 years or more in age are females, with males rarely surviving past 5 years of age. Reasons for higher mortality in males may include loss of weight during the breeding season due to the high energetic demands of defending a territory followed by energetically costly migration. (Wikipedia)