“The hummingbird competes with the stillness of the air.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa
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The coming of autumn in Houston is always marked by the Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration to the south. We are smack dab in the Texas flyway, through which these little jewels have traveled hundreds of miles already from as far north as Alaska — just to tank up at my backyard feeders. With the goal of building up fat stores with lots and lots of sugar water, they will finish their journey to the south — flying several hundred more miles directly across the Gulf of Mexico.
It is an amazing journey for an amazing species.
Because I go through the trouble of maintaining feeders in my yard year after year, they return to guard them like it’s the last meal they’ll ever have. They will linger in significant numbers, through October. See for yourself!
Our Big Year journey coupled with prodding birding friends have had my family eager to attend a hummingbird banding session before the year end. Lucky for us, the great folks at the Gulf Coast Birding Observatory had one this weekend. The event is geared specifically toward enlisting all the young, budding naturalists into the field of ornithology; adults pay $2 each, but if you’re a kid, you get to enjoy it all for FREE.
And what each child takes away is just priceless.
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