It's August and once again the Ruby-throat Hummingbirds are feeding voraciously, the young have grown fast and, they've left the nest and the care of their mother and are on their own, competing with the adults, foraging for insects and nectar. Both they and the adults all try to put on weight in preparation for their upcoming migration south. The tiny birds will all need those excess energy reserves, they'll be flying far to the southern coasts, some staying the winter on the Gulf or even farther south on the lower Florida coast. Others will make a many hundreds of miles, long-distance crossing of the Gulf of Mexico to spend winter in Central America, a remarkable distance for such a small creature.
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