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When Migrating Hummingbirds Will Return to Georgia!

Spring is just around the corner and with that being said our feathered hummingbird friends will be here before we know it. But, how soon? Let's find out!

Georgia is home to over 11 species of hummingbirds including,

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

Rufous Hummingbirds

Allen's Hummingbirds

Calliope Hummingbirds

Anna's Hummingbirds

Green-Violet Hummingbirds

Broad-Billed Hummingbirds

Magnificnet Hummingbirds

Broad-Tailed Hummingbirds

Green Breasted Hummingbirds

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Collecting Nectar from A ZinniaPhoto byGracie Latrelle

Believe it or not, one of these species even breeds here in the peach state and even raises their young here! This species is the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds is the only known hummingbird species to nest here in Georgia. Weighing less than a first class letter, it is only safe to assume that Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds build a small nest too and that would be absolutely correct!

A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Hovering Near a ZinniaPhoto byGracie Latrelle

The females build a nest around the size of a walnut without any help from her mate. The nest construction takes around 12 days.

Once the nest is built the female normally lays around 2 eggs which are about the size of a black-eyed pea. The incubation period of the eggs is around 12 to 14 days. Most females produce two broods each year.

With all of this being said, when will our feathered friends return? Let's find out!

According to migration maps, the hummingbirds that migrated South this past Fall and didn't Winter over here in the peach state should begin to arrive as early as March 1st. Most of all of the migrating hummingbirds should return back by April but some will be delayed a little bit longer in their travels and will return around May.

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