Visit Everglades City and the Ten Thousand Islands of Southwest Florida, the Everglades

Birdwatching in Paradise

March is a significant time for birdwatching in the Everglades. The ruby-throated hummingbird particularly adores this habitat from March to October, with some even choosing to stay year-round in South Florida. Their migration pattern is intriguing, with the males departing first in the spring and leaving earlier in the fall for Mexico or South America. Following about two weeks later, the females embark on their journey. These birds boast striking colors, with males displaying red throats while females exhibit greenbacks. Remarkably small at only 3-4 inches in length and as light as a penny, they communicate through sharp noises to impress a mate or signal threat.

Their behaviors during courtship and parenting are fascinating; males engage in captivating displays to attract females, while females tend to the babies for roughly three weeks until they are ready to leave the nest. Generally, they keep to themselves, except during breeding season when they focus on nurturing their young. When birdwatching in the Everglades, it’s crucial to remain observant – you might just witness these vibrant, diminutive hummingbirds making their lively appearances!

 

2023-12-07T14:34:32-05:00March 13, 2021|Parks, Wildlife|

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