We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
4212 NW 16th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32605
Phone: (352) 381-1997
Fax: (352) 381-1995
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
See Holiday Hours listed on right
Conventional wisdom used to hold that leaving a nectar feeder up after migration had ended could cause a hummingbird to stay in the area rather than finish its migration across the Gulf of Mexico. Based on careful studies and years of banding records, we now know that some Ruby-throats have always stayed behind and that leaving a feeder out simply gives you a better chance of seeing one that is overwintering. We also know that Ruby-throats aren't even the most numerous species of hummingbird overwintering in Florida. That distinction goes to the Rufous Hummingbird, a species that breeds in the Pacific NW and often endures temperatures during breeding season that are harsher than those we experience here in winter. So, we say leave a feeder out. The chances of seeing an overwintering hummingbird are slim but they are certainly better if you have a feeder out.
Alachua County has recorded six species of hummingbird in the winter. They are: