Cozumel Hummingbird Migration

Please Fatten Up Your Hummingbirds

Photo Courtesy of Alex Azueta

Birds on their annual migration north need a little extra

 

During mid-August through September many varieties of hummingbirds that have summered  “north”   will be making the long trek back for the warmer winter months “down south.”   Many of these birds cross directly over the Yucatan Peninsula (and Cozumel) through the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Hummers don’t fly very high during this trek so they can stop and eat along the way.   If you are in the migration path like Cozumel is, your little hummingbirds are going to need a lot of extra fat and energy to make their trip, so now is the time to step up your hummingbird feeding schedule a notch or two. In the weeks before they migrate they engage in “hyperphagia” in which females will add an additional 30 – 40% to their body weight, and males can even double theirs.

 

According to experts a hummer can go about 600 miles without refueling.  The distance from the Yucatan to Florida is approximately 525 miles, and with their low-speed, and close to the ground flight pattern, that can take a bird in the neighborhood of 22 hours to accomplish.

Photo Courtesy of Benny Campos

For more information on the hummingbird migration, and some quick tips on what you can do to help prep your birds for the journey, check out this cheery little article from RisMedia.

 

Por favor “engorden” a sus colibríes

En su migración anual hacia el norte, las aves necesitan algo adicional. . .

Desde mediados de Agosto y hasta Septiembre múltiples variedades de colibríes que han invernado en el “sur”

Photo Courtesy of Benny Campos

comenzarán el largo trayecto de regreso para pasar los meses cálidos de verano “arriba en el norte”. Muchas de estas aves cruzan directamente sobre la Península de Yucatán (y Cozumel) y a través del Golfo de México.

 

Durante este viaje los colibríes no vuelan demasiado alto con el objeto de detenerse a comer en el trayecto. Si se encuentra en el paso de su migración, como sucede con Cozumel, sus pequeños colibríes necesitarán grasas y energía adicional para hacer el viaje. Así que es momento de redoblar uno o dos niveles su horario de alimentación de colibríes. Durante las semanas antes de que migren, las hembras entran en la etapa de “hiperfagia” aumentando 30 a 40% de su peso corporal, y los machos incluso pueden duplicar el suyo.

 

De acuerdo a los expertos, un colibrí puede seguir hasta 600 millas sin reabastecerse. La distancia de Yucatán a Florida es de casi 525 millas, y con su reducida velocidad y patrón de vuelo cercano al suelo, un ave puede tardar cerca de 22 horas para realizar ese recorrido.

 

Para obtener mayor información acerca de la migración del colibrí y algunas ideas rápidas acerca de lo que usted puede hacer para ayudarles en su viaje, echen un vistazo a este pequeño artículo de RisMedia.

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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1 Comment
  1. alex 3 months ago

    beautiful story

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