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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are Intense Flyers

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are masters of flight


Hummingbirds can beat their wings dozens of times per second, creating a humming noise:

  • Fine-tuned flying: These birds can instantly accelerate to full speed, then quickly stop and hover in place while adjusting their position in any direction.
  • Food fights: Males fiercely defend food sources and battle intruders in midair, often resulting in epic hovering fights with other hummingbirds—or less epic clashes with bumblebees.
  • Incredible journey: Most ruby-throated hummingbirds spend winter in Central America. During migration, some will cross the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight (the shortest route across is 500 miles).

 

august-hummingbird-migration-map

 

 

Watch a Ruby-throated Hummingbird Feed

 

 

See This Bird!!!

Each month during our 2016 Bird the Preserves initiative, we’re giving you the opportunity to see some of the most interesting birds in the preserves:

Hummingbird Sit
Saturday, Aug. 6 – 10 am
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W 111th St, Lemont

Hummer Watch
Thursday, Aug. 11 – 5 pm
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W 111th St, Lemont

Hummingbird Sit
Saturday, Aug. 13 – 10 am
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W 111th St, Lemont

Hummingbird Sit
Sunday, Aug. 14 – 10 am
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W 111th St, Lemont

DON’T MISS! Hummingbird Fest
Saturday, Aug. 20 – 9 am
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W 111th St, Lemont

Hummingbird Sit
Sunday, Aug. 21 – 10 am
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W 111th St, Lemont

Bird of the Month: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Sunday, Aug. 21 – 1 pm
Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Hummingbird Theatre
Saturday, Aug. 27
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W 111th St, Lemont

Hummingbird Sit
Sunday, Aug. 28 – 10 am
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W 111th St, Lemont

 

Support for Bird the Preserves was generously provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through Chicago Wilderness.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County