Genetics and migration are funny things. Sometimes Genetics dictates what birds will do from how they sing to how they migrate. For some birds, genetics determines what song a bird will sing. Flycatchers for example have their songs programmed in their genetic code and some birds have their migration programmed into them. If these things are programed in, that means they can changed and I had the opportunity to visit with a friend of mine and see evidence of this recently. In the past few years, Rufous Hummingbirds have started to really take a hold in southeast as their wintering grounds.
The pictures you see below are a a male RUHU that has successfully made its home in Georgia. As you can see, he's growing into quite the male with resplendent colors. This bird is a tough little reminder of the how difficult migration can be and how birds are pushing their own limits. The RUHU is a delightful bird to see and enjoy.
As we approach migration, its important to remember to the increasing rigors that are facing our feathered friends as they attempt to race across our continent to get to their breeding grounds. Until the next time, get outside!
The Male Rufous at the Beginning of the Winter
Starting to show off his colors
Rufous Hummingbird - Link Here
Wild Bird Wednesday - Link Here