The hummingbird migration through the western United States takes place each year. This post shows the southward migration, back toward Mexico and Central America.
Video of hummingbird swarm during migration
The Rufous Hummingbird migrates from Mexico to northern parts of the U.S., including Alaska, and into Canada, then back. They need a lot of fuel for this long flight, and they are willing to challenge each other to get it.
Though you can see mostly Rufous in this video, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds were also abundant at the feeders, in the bushes and trees. The males were easy to see and easier to hear. I saw a few Calliope Hummingbirds among the crowds at the feeders and even a skittish male Black-chinned Hummingbird on the periphery.
I came up to Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area looking for the Rufous Hummingbird. We had seen many immature/female Rufous Hummingbirds and Anna’s Hummingbirds this summer in Washington, Oregon and California. But no clear view of an adult male Rufous. Finally, timing was right. Here were the male Rufous Hummingbirds, in the midst of the hummingbird migration.
Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area
Western hummingbirds migrate along the eastern side of Arizona in late July through August on their way down into Mexico. Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area is on the eastern edge of the state, near Eager and Alpine.
It is a beautiful destination. Sipe does not show up on Google maps as of this post, so look at the text in Arizona Game and Fish online brochure here to find it.
Entrance is free, though donations toward sugar water are appreciated. A well maintained dirt road leads to the visitor center, which has friendly and knowledgable staff and regular hours. Since July/August is monsoon season, we check the weather and the current hours before we go.