Photography by Curtis Beaird
Article by Norma Beaird
It's that time of the year again. You can feel the change in the air. It's getting closer to autumn and birds are beginning to move and migrate. Many will fly South for the winter, to include flying to South Florida, Mexico, Central and South America. One particular species that is currently migrating is the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.
According to Georgia Hummer, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird migration is in full swing. Now is a perfect time to hang up your red hummingbird feeders with sugar water. And why buy the red feeders? Because hummers love the color red!
Here is the recipe for the sugar water.
Another way to attract hummingbirds is by planting certain flowers in your yard. A popular one with the hummingbirds is the Cardinal Climber Vine.
A fascinating way to track bird migration all over the United States is through NEXRAD radar. Paul Hurtado, a postdoctoral researcher for The Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State University, has created U.S. composite radar maps as a tool for watching bird migration. Below is the September 5 - 6, 2014 radar map of heavy bird migration throughout the Southeastern and Midwestern portion of the U.S.
Paul Hurtado's bird migration radar maps can be viewed here.
Just like the migration show of springtime, autumn migration always gives us a unique opportunity to see beautiful backyard birds as they fly South for the winter. If you live near a coastal area, you will see the graceful shorebirds as they migrate to their warm weather destination.
So, don't miss a golden opportunity to hang up a bird feeder or take a camera to a state park, wildlife management area or seaside marina. During this time of year, birds are everywhere. Maybe a few weary avian travelers will stop to rest in your backyard and dine on some suet, black oil sunflower or unsalted peanuts. There is one thing for sure.....migrating birds will you a delightful memory that you will treasure for a lifetime.
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