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Hummingbird babies do not migrate with a parent. They have no memory of past migrations. They just follow their urge to put on a lot of weight, fly in a southerly direction for a certain amount of time, and find a good place to spend winter.

"As of 9/20 just an immature and its mom remained. The young one finally zoomed south a few days ago. The mom seemed to go with him, but then she returned for a few days."  

Trisha G. in McLean, Virginia (September 24, 2013) 

Juvenile male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Photo: Deborah Repasz


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