When Do Hummingbirds Arrive in Colorado?
Migration is a big thing for creatures that fly. One of our favorite Colorado flyers is the hummingbird. So, when should you put out the hummingbird feeder?
Colorado is known to have 11 different hummingbird species zooming around and they tend to arrive in late April and leave at the beginning of September. So, the time to put out those feeders is now.
This year there are several hummingbird migration maps going around and activity is picking up. Hummingbirds like to winter in Central America and Mexico, which I totally get. I would also like to winter there. But now is the time hummingbirds will begin to head into North America. They travel during the day as they look for blooming flowers and human-made nectar in bright-colored feeders.
The male hummingbird arrives first according to Hummingbird Central. They also share that "a hummingbird can travel as much as 23 miles in one day" and that during migration "a hummingbird's heart beats up to 1,260 times a minute, and its wings flap 15 to 80 times a second."
There have already been sightings here in Northern Colorado. This map allows people to report sightings.
Hummingbirds are fascinating no doubt. So fast and so pretty. Remember if you want to get a real up-close look at a hummingbird, a couple from Loveland came up with the HummViewer. They were even featured on Shark Tank. They created a hummingbird feeder that straps to your head, don't worry it has a shield to protect your eyes.