Welcome to Hummingbird Central
We love watching hummingbirds, those marvelous, tiny birds that flit around our yards, and are enjoying another fun sighting season in 2020.
Where ever you live in the U.S.A., Canada, or beyond, this website can provide you with valuable information about these amazing birds.
On this website we present highlights of common hummingbird species found in North America, as an entry-level learning resource for those interested in these magnificent creatures!
Spring Migration Maps
Information is presented on the amazing process of hummingbird migration in the spring and fall of each year.
We monitored the Spring 2020 hummingbird migration with the help of our viewers as they submitted their first hummingbird sightings in their areas. In 2020, we received over 13,000 "first sighting reports".
With the 2020 spring migration virtually complete, we are not posting any additional sighting reports to our migration map.
The 2020 Hummingbird Migration Map has now been viewed 4,000,000 times !
|Our final 2020 Ruby-throated Hummingbird Spring Migration Map (click for details)
|Our final 2020 Western North America Hummingbird Migration Map (click for details)
Numerous reports have also been received in 2019 and 2020 of rare sightings of Albino and white Leucistic Hummingbirds.
Fall Southbound Migration in 2020
Our viewers have begun to see fewer and fewer hummingbirds in the north, and more and more in southern regions as the fall migration takes place in August, 2020, and into September (and later).
Rain makes Ruby-throats thirsty! Scene at our yard, September 8, 2020, approaching peak fall migration. It's crowded, but one more in the top corner is trying to find a spot to feed.
We also enjoy hummingbird gardening, and designing our landscape to provide food and shelter for a variety of hummingbirds.
Our site includes ways to help you attract hummingbirds to your home landscape. We'll share our experience from our own landscape which includes Lantana, Zinnias, Butterfly Bushes, Pentas, Salvia, Batface Cuphea, and other hummingbird-friendly annuals and perennials.
The selection of hummingbird feeders is large, and varied, and we provide guidance, and our personal experience, in selecting and maintaining feeders and nectar solutions.
Our hummingbird media archive is extensive, and we will be posting staff photos and videos on this website as well as photos submitted by our viewers.
We Love Birding!
And we love watching all bird life! While this website is oriented to hummingbirds, we have a section on other backyard birds and a special report on our recent trip to the National Aviary of Columbia.
Thanks for visiting, and please join us as we enjoy another hummingbird season in 2020!
Hummingbirds are found only in the Western Hemisphere, with half the species living in the "equatorial belt" between 10 degrees north and south of the equator. Over 330 species and 115 genera exist, mostly south of the U.S. Fewer than two dozen species venture into the U.S. and Canada; only a few species remain year-round.
Learn about the species »
Many hummingbirds spend the winter in Central America or Mexico, and migrate north to their breeding grounds in the southern U.S. and western states as early as February, and to areas further north later in the spring. The first arrivals in spring are usually males. Some, however, do not migrate, in areas like California and the upper Pacific coast.
All about migration »
Hummingbirds, like other birds and other animals, need food, water, and shelter, the basic necessities of life. Favorite flowers of hummingbirds are often red in color, and tubular in shape, so we include many plants with these features. We also enjoy hummingbird gardening, and designing our landscape to provide food and shelter for hummingbirds.
Hummingbird gardening »
Planting the right flowers is an important element in establishing the right environment for attracting hummingbirds. But you need another key attractant: the hummingbird feeder! They come in all shapes and sizes; some are plastic, others glass. Some are vertical and others horizontal.
How to pick the right feeders »