Birds on the Move
Spring migration is the time of year when many hundreds and thousands of birds begin moving from their wintering grounds in the South to their summer grounds in the North. It’s now that time. Migration is driven primarily by the availability of food. Many species, such as ducks, cranes, song birds and Snowbirds, migrate and thusly are called migrants. Snowbirds are typically the oldest and are of the human species. Just thought I’d throw that in since I am of the Winter Texan variety.
Migrant birds range in size from very big, the Whooping Crane, to the tiny Warblers and Hummingbirds. Some of these migrants travel great distances, flying directly over the Gulf of Mexico to the coastlines of Texas. Some of the smaller migrants including the Warblers and Hummingbirds fly at night. They land in the morning and remain in the area for a few days feeding and resting before moving on.
If you miss seeing your favorite migrants this spring, just wait a few months and they will turn around and come back. This will be the Fall Migration.