With spring finally here, it seems the clouds are lifting, the sun is shining, and the birds are chirping. With the dawning of spring also comes bird migration and one bird migration, in particular, is being tracked online.
Hummingbirds Travel Thousands of Miles
Hummingbirds are perhaps the most dainty and darling of all birds and every year they spend the cold winter months in Mexico and Central America to escape the blustery temperatures across most of the United States.
Migrating to their Breeding Grounds
These beautiful little beasts begin their migration back to the lower portion of the US as early as February and into the midwest and more northern parts of the country in the spring as they travel to their breeding grounds, according to Hummingbird Central.
Hummingbird Fun Facts
While absolutely tiny in size, hummingbirds can travel up to 23 miles in a single day during migration. That isn't the only impressive fact about our little friends.
- Their wings flap 15 to 80 times per second
- Their hearts beat up to 1,260 times in a single minute
- They pack on 25-40% of their body weight to sustain the physical demands of migration
- They fly during the daytime and they fly alone
Report a Hummingbird Sighting
Hummingbirds are commonly spotted throughout Indiana and Kentucky but as the migration is happening, you can actually help Hummingbird Central to track the migration by reporting your first Hummingbird sightings of the season. Report your sighting here. Then take a look at the map above to see where they have already been reported.
[Source: Hummingbird Central]