Central Oklahoma’s Shorter Hummingbird Season

While the state of Oklahoma has plenty of hummingbird species that are found there, if you live in central Oklahoma, apparently you will have a lot less opportunity to see the hummingbirds, because in that part of the state the hummingbirds may not be seen until late July and then the birds leave the area by mid September. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find an explanation for this within my extensive research. If anyone out there is able to explain this, please comment on this post and let me and all the readers of this blog know the explanation. Thank you so very much.

In fact, there have been seven different species of hummingbirds documented in Oklahoma. The list includes the following species: Black-chinned Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird and the Green Violet-eared Hummingbird.

In other areas of the state other then central Oklahoma, the male hummingbirds will begin arriving in Oklahoma about mid-March and the females begin arriving in early April. The hummingbirds will leave the area around mid-October, but rarely may you have the opportunity to see a hummingbird that will choose to winter over in Oklahoma.

3 replies on “Central Oklahoma’s Shorter Hummingbird Season”

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In Chickasha, we usually see the first hummingbird about April 1 give or take a week. By October most of the hummers will have left our area. This 2010 season, we have had fewer hummingbird than normal.

I really do not believe there is any substance to this so called Central Oklahoma Shorter Hummingbird Season. Many friends in central Oklahoma report about the same dates as we experience here in Chickasha.

Although no nest have been found this 2010 season, four were found in 2007, ten in 2008 and three in 2009. From observations it seems most female hummingbirds build two nest during the season and if lucky will raise four young birds! However, the failure rate for nests seems to be about 50%.

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