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Hummingbirds in Utah

Enjoy tiny hummingbirds, flying all over Utah

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Incredibly fast and small, hummingbirds are pretty popular in Utah. In fact, there are five types of hummingbirds living in this state: Broad-tailed hummingbirds, Black-chinned hummingbirds, Rufous hummingbirds, Costa's hummingbirds, and Calliope hummingbirds.

When do hummingbirds arrive in Utah

Black-chinned hummingbirds, one of the most widespread of all hummingbird species in this state, arrive around April for the breeding season. Broad-tailed hummingbirds can be spotted during the winter migration, between August and November. Rufous hummingbirds arrive in April, while Costa's hummingbirds arrive anywhere from March to June. And Calliope hummingbirds, the smallest birds in Utah, come in between March and May.

When do hummingbirds leave Utah

Black-chinned hummingbirds usually return to their wintering territories in September–October. Broad-tailed hummingbirds only stay in the state for a few months and tend to leave Utah in September. Rufous hummingbirds and Costa's hummingbirds leave between September and October, while Calliope hummingbirds leave by mid-to-late September.

When to stop feeding hummingbirds

There is a common misconception that you should stop feeding hummingbirds by late August, or they won't migrate. However, many birds start migrating when their natural food sources are still solid. The National Audubon Society says it's better to keep your feeders full of food for two weeks after you see the last hummingbirds using it.

Best time to see hummingbirds in Utah

Generally, the best time to see hummingbirds in Utah is from April until August. It's when all the species arrive and can be spotted across the state. The best places to see hummingbirds are near bodies of water (Utah Lake, Tony Grove Lake), in the lower valleys, in parks (Tonnaquint Park), in gardens (Red Butte Gardens), at feeders, and in the mountainous regions.

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