Hummingbirds making way back to Tennessee

Hummingbirds making way back to Tennessee


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tiny hummingbirds have started their annual migration from the Caribbean toward Tennessee and are expected to arrive and be visible by summer.

The Tennessean reports that hummingbird watcher Bob Sargent of Clay, Ala., says the birds, generally ruby-throated hummers, are making their way Costa Rica, through parts of Mexico and across the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Sargent and others routinely tag about 800 birds a year for tracking purposes.

Former Tennessee Ornithological Society president Chris Sloan says while the migrating hummingbirds will begin trickling in soon, many people won't see them until summer.

That's when the next generation has hatched, and those that went farther north to nest are passing through Tennessee as they migrate back to spend the winter in the tropics.

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