HUMMINGBIRD MIGRATION: It is well-known that the Ruby-throated Hummingbird migrates south of its breeding range for the winter. Many of them will cross the Gulf of Mexico, a 900 mile (1,450 km) non-stop trip over the water. But before that trip, they will stop over in Texas along the coast. One particular area where this happens is in Rockport-Fulton, where the bird’s migration has become a yearly event in September.
The photos below illustrate parts of what’s taking place during that time, and what influence this migration has on life in those towns. For example, there are guided bus tours to visit some residents’ properties ‘hosting’ hummingbirds. Sometimes there can be hundreds of them in one backyard!
Banding sessions are open to the public and performed by ‘master banders’ certified by the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory (such as master bander Susan Heath shown below). Photographer Jodi Arsenault also mentioned that some hummingbirds have been observed by her party from a ship about 150 miles (240 km) south of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico!