There are five types of hummingbirds in Montana you can spot easily: ruby-throated hummingbirds, rufous hummingbirds, black-chinned hummingbirds, calliope hummingbirds, and broad-tailed hummingbirds. Even though it’s hard to distinguish them due to their tiny size, each of these types is uniquely beautiful and tender.
When do hummingbirds arrive in Montana?
Most male hummingbirds arrive at the end of April to mid-May, while females arrive a few weeks later. The birds stay for a few months and usually leave Montana by early September. So, the best time to spot these tiny creatures is during the summer months.
When to feed hummingbirds in Montana?
The best time to put out the feeders in Montana is early April, while the best time to take them down is in November. You may wonder why in November. The thing is that there might be some late-migrating birds, which can stop by your garden. Hence, it would be perfect if they'd have some nectar to eat.
The best feeding plants for hummingbirds in Montana
If you want to put out the feeder in your own garden, you should know which food hummingbirds prefer. In Montana, you can easily grow such plants as wax currant, blue virgin's bower, serviceberry, golden currant, hawthorn, and shrubby penstemon. The best spots to see hummingbirds in Montana are near the rivers, gardens, steppe, and towns.