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Caught in Cold
Spring migration is fraught with danger. Rubythroats follow their intuition to move north each spring and sometimes are caught in the cold. Fortunately, hummingbirds can lower their body temperature and metabolic rate to survive brief periods of cold weather.

"Overnight an ice storm moved in with a low temperature of 30 degrees and we were happy to see that he was still there the next morning with icicles on the feeder!" Lafayette, Louisiana 03/05/14

Hummingbird and Distribution Map
Photo: Kim Nehrbass