Tourists aren’t the only ones who flock to the Sunshine State during spring and summer — and right now we’re getting an influx of one such visitor. Don’t worry though, they won’t be hogging the beach or crowding Disney World. It’s officially hummingbird season in Florida, and these little flying gems are already fluttering about Florida's skies!
According to Hummingbird Central, who study the tiny creatures and the plant life that attract them, over 10,000 first sighting reports were issued in 2019.
If that’s anything to go off of, 2020 will undoubtedly see just as many. The birds are known to return to their favorite feeding spots and nests year after year, so now is the perfect time to set up a feeder and make your garden a local favorite.
You can even track the hummingbirds’ migrations as they fly back to their breeding grounds from their winter vacation in Mexico.
Hummingbird Central reports that these birds tend to spend the colder months in the warm south, then come back stateside as early as February.
Many have already been spotted in Florida, with the migration map showing a flurry of these flutterers hanging out across the state. You can even click on each bird to read the spotting report, which includes the date and a brief description notating their visit.
Sciencing reports that 12 of the 16 species of hummingbirds found in the U.S. can be seen in Florida, with the most common one being the ruby-throated hummingbird. They are also the only species known to breed in the Sunshine State.
Their migration period will last until about late May; these hummingbirds will be enjoying Florida's lush landscape and pristine beaches until the weather starts to cool off again before embarking on their next journey.
Keep an eye out for these flower-loving flutterers, and maybe even take the opportunity to revamp your garden into a hummingbird oasis by hanging feeders and planting flora that attract them.