Spring is a time for the dull ugliness of winter to leave and the beauty of new beginnings or a refresher of what was to appear.  Many animals begin to move and migrate as the temperature warms up.

Hummingbirds take winter vacation south in Mexico and Central America.  Then they pack their little birdy bags and migrate north to mate.

The Hummingbird is a lot like a human in that they gain a good bit of their weight in the winter so they are strong enough to travel across the Gulf of Mexico and to their breeding grounds.  They all go to different parts of North America.  They gain their weight for strength in travel.  Their tiny wings carry their bodies and flap anywhere from 75 times a minute.  According to Hummingbirdcentral.com, birds can travel up to 23 miles per day.

Hummingbirds are super intelligent travelers.  A person might think they travel in packs but they do not.  They leave in waves because if they were to go all at once and they were to run into weather conditions or trouble it could kill the entire population.

Kentucky is home to the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  Males arrive first and find a place to settle and find food after their journey.  Next, come the females and they return to the familiar.  Most of the time that means the place they were born.

The females prepare the nest and ready themselves.  When it is time they search for a mate.  What a female looks for in a mate surprised me.  They generally seek to find a mean and forceful male to give their babies strong genes.

Hummingbirds are creatures of habit.   It is believed they will actually return to the same feeders of those people who routinely put them out each year.  So, if you love to feed them there is a good chance many of the same ones are dropping by for a visit.

Now, you've heard the Milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard, here is how you can bring all the Hummingbirds to your yard.

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