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Hummingbird Migration in Tucson, AZ

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If you’re a birder, you won’t want to miss this lovely bi-annual event! The hummingbird migration through the Tucson area is a remarkable natural phenomenon that occurs primarily in the fall and spring.

Tucson, Arizona, sits along one of the major migration routes for several species of hummingbirds, including the Anna's Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, and Broad-billed Hummingbird.

(Black chinned Hummingbird)

Fortunately, one of my clients’ is an avid watcher and shares his photos, so I can share with you!  All information is deemed reliable, but name under each photo came from client)

(Peacock Hummingbird)

During their migration, hummingbirds travel thousands of miles between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America. Tucson, with its teaming desert landscape and abundance of flowering plants, serves as an important stopover point for these tiny birds to refuel on nectar and insects before continuing their journey.

(Broad billed Hummingbird)

To attract hummingbirds to their yards during migration, Tucson residents often set up feeders filled with sugar water (don’t use red dye!) or plant gardens with a variety of nectar-producing flowers such as penstemons, salvias, lantana and desert honeysuckles. These resources provide essential fuel for the birds during their long journey.  If you’re interested in setting up feeders, be sure to follow the directions to help keep our traveling friends healthy!

(Star of October)

Local wildlife organizations and nature centers sometimes host events or guided tours focused on hummingbird migration, providing education and opportunities for people to experience this natural spectacle firsthand.  There are several day trips and local spots to catch all sorts of flying fauna.

(Female Rufous)

 Overall, the hummingbird migration through the Tucson area is a beautiful and awe-inspiring event that highlights the resilience and adaptability of these remarkable birds as they undertake their incredible journey across vast distances.

(Male Rufous)

If you’d like more information about finding a home amidst natures’ bounty here in Tucson, please contact me at 520-909-2988.  Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, real estate in the greater Tucson area.

(Adult Male Anna)

I love when people post photos of the hummingbirds perching on their fingers or hands - I've never been so lucky.

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Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Designated Broker, Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes     520-909-2988   

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Cara - while I am not a birder (far from it) hummingbirds continue to fascinate me.  In fact, I read The Hummingbirds' Gift by Sy Montgomery because of a post written by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP a short book which flew by quicky and proved to be quite enjoyable.  

Apr 08, 2024 02:20 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

I looked up the summary on Amazon - how wonderful!  We had a nest in a Joshua Tree Cactus recently...soooooo itty-bitty!  They are little miracles in flight Michael Jacobs !

Apr 09, 2024 08:00 AM
Michael Jacobs

I agree, Cara Marcelle Mancuso 🐦 and a tweet worth remembering.  

Apr 09, 2024 08:19 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Cara, you have LOTS of beautiful photos of hummingbirds, and would sure be nice to see them.

Apr 08, 2024 02:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Cara- we put out our hummingbird feeders last week!!!  And later we'll put out a special Oriole feeder!!!  Hope you get lots of hummers. 

Apr 08, 2024 04:20 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

I used to feed all the birds on my mom's side of the house when she was alive.  Nothing she liked better to start her day with coffee and bird chatter.  However, it also attracted a GREAT deal of wildlife that liked to get into my desert plantings, so, alas....I've stopped feeding them now.  I have to admit I really miss them Kathy Streib 

Apr 09, 2024 08:02 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved your post and I had no idea they migrated... we have three orange trees and a tangerine tree not counting the lemon tree so we see the hummingbirds all the time, hope they do not migrate from our backyard, Endre

Apr 08, 2024 10:13 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

What a nice aroma your backyard must have, Endre Barath, Jr.   I've been struggling to get my lemon and lime trees fruitful but the deer eat the blossoms!

Apr 09, 2024 08:03 AM