Have you seen a few hummingbirds lately? Well they are out there .....but whether or not they are in your backyard is hard to tell. You could try by adding a hummingbird feeder to your yard.
As gardeners we surely love to see butterflies in our yards but it might be nice to add a few hummingbirds also. Florida's most common hummingbird is the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird which is only about three inches long......and how much do you think it weighs? Well it weighs about the same as a penny. Hard to believe, isn't it? Like most other birds it's the males that have the most vibrant colors and the Ruby-throated hummingbird is well named as he has an iridescent red throat.
These hummingbirds live from central Kansas all the way to Canada and from Florida to Mexico. Most of them spend their winters in Mexico and South America but a few stay here in Florida year-round and that will probably be in the Southern part of Florida.
Males and females who do migrate to Florida will arrive sometime in March and will begin their nesting in April. And.....it's hard to believe but their nests are only the size of a walnut shell. Females will lay 2 eggs about half an inch long....that's less than half the size of a jelly bean and they will hatch in 20 days. Hard to believe that in an egg that small......a baby hummingbird will be born.