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Hummingbirds fly to North Carolina as soon as warm weather hits the state. Let’s see when to arrive in NC to spot some amazing hummers.

Hummingbird season in North Carolina

Hummingbirds start migrating to North Carolina around mid-March to early April, but you may spot the first pioneers as early as February. Most hummingbirds start their departure season in mid-September. They usually head south to Mexico and Central America during the wintertime because they don’t like the cold. However, the ruby-throated and rufous kinds can be seen around the state all year round (even though they're pretty rare).

Hummingbird species in North Carolina

As for hummingbird species in North Carolina, there aren’t really any kinds that are truly native to the region. For the most part, hummers living in the state are seasonal. These include ruby-throated, black-chinned, buff-bellied, broad-tailed, and calliope hummingbirds. Other kinds, like Allen’s and broad-billed, are rare in North Carolina, and you can only see them if you get lucky. To attract hummingbirds during their breeding season, simply put up feeders with special nectar. You can buy it in a special store or make your own—it’s super easy to prepare, but be sure to follow the recipe as it should be healthy for the birds.

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Last updated: by Nataliia Chaika