Rufous Hummingbirds migrate from Mexico every spring. They follow the Pacific Coast heading north and arrive in our area of Oregon around mid-March. This video was recorded on March 8, 2008.
Every year we have more and more hummers during migration. As you can see in the above video, we had over three dozen hummers during the 2008 migration. However, on March 22, 2009, we had 100+ hummers. Click on the image below to watch the migrating hummers choreographing to music. This video shows 4 of the 12 feeders at the habitat.
Some Rufous Hummingbirds head all the way to Alaska to breed. Now, that's a long trip to make in the spring and in the fall for such a little bird! On their return back to the south, they travel through the Sierra Nevada mountains instead of following the coast where they feed on high-mountain wildflowers for their journey back to the warmer climate.