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Who Arrives First?
Have you noticed that the first reported hummingbird sightings are usually males? Males tend to lead the migration. How would you explain this? Did you guess that it was because males are bigger and stronger? Not true! Females hummingbirds are larger than males. "The most successful males are those who get the best territories," explains expert birder Laura Erickson. "Males have the best chance of getting a territory when they arrive first."

Hummingbird and Distribution Map
Photo: Donald Rash