Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Reader Linda Eisenreich shared these photos she shot in her backyard of hummingbirds that frequent her feeders. These ruby-throated hummingbirds are tropical insect-eaters that migrate each winter to Central America, an average of 20 miles per day. The average season for ruby-throated hummingbirds in Minnesota is May through early September when they fly south for the winter. These birds travel as individuals, and do not flock together as many other birds do. These tiny birds weigh about 3 grams (about the same as a penny). They live for about 3-4 years, their wings beat more than 50 times per second, and each year the female lays two pea-sized eggs in a nest she made that's the size of a walnut. Photo by Linda Eisenreich. Thanks, Linda, for sharing these great photos!