As soon as it gets warmer again in May in Eastern Canada and spring arrives, the hummingbirds will also feel comfortable in Canada. This is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). A remarkable colourful bird that can be found in the eastern parts of the USA and Canada. It is the only hummingbird that breeds in the eastern parts of Canada and the USA. Hummingbirds feed on flower nectar and the insects it contains.
These tiny flying artists can cover distances of more than 2000 kilometres without a break, even though they weigh just 2-3 grams. The lightweights with the colourful plumage will be moving from eastern Canada to Central America for the winter from the end of August. The 3000 kilometre journey, interrupted by breaks of 1-4 days, lasts an average of 62 days. However, it has been found that male hummingbirds in particular can easily cover a distance of up to 2,200 kilometres “non-stop”.
Bird feeders can be bought all over eastern Canada, which will be filled with sugar water. They are placed at the house or in a tree. The hummingbirds busily accept the offered energy bomb and you have the opportunity to watch these little flying artists at close range.
Hummingbirds in Canada are very sensitive
These feeding places must be cleaned regularly, however. Hummingbirds are very sensitive and can get infected with diseases at uncleaned feeding places. Many experts completely advise against feeding the small birds.