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May 17, 2021
Only in Arkansas
“This is a little hummingbird that sits on one of our feeders and watches through our window. We’ve had so many this fall. In fact, one day I stood on the deck and held the feeder in my hand while four drank and several were flying around me. It’s been crazy,” says photo owner Margaret Smith from Conway, AR. This photo was taken in September 2020 when hummingbirds frequent feeders to prepare for their flight south.
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Free bonus facts:
The increase in feeding each September allows the hummingbirds to pack on body fat that will sustain them until they reach Mexico and Central America. Hummingbirds return to Arkansas in mid-March, often to the same feeders they left in the fall, and seem to disappear around this time in May. However, migratory experts and hummingbird enthusiasts say not to be alarmed. Several spring visitors migrate further north for breeding, but those that breed here in Arkansas are monitoring nests. While nesting, hummingbirds opt for every child’s favorite nectar source— honeysuckle —and small insects. Male hummingbirds return to feeders around mid-June. A week or so later, females will lead their adolescents to our sugar-water sources. The number of hummingbirds at feeders will continue to rise into the fall before they depart south again.
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