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The arrival of Hummingbird spring sparks appreciation and excitement before summer

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Whenever Nova Scotia Bird Society President Tony Millard goes on the Hummingbird Central website and sees a North American migration map and current hummingbird route, he connects it to one of his life’s main passions.

“I’m excited and almost all Nova Scotia birders are very excited about migration time,” Millard said.

The hummingbird is a very small bird that makes short hops during its migration up the east coast. Five hummingbird species travel to Canada, mainly from southern Mexico and Central America. The birds usually start their journey in January, and fly during the day at low altitudes, which allow them to see food along the way.

“The instinct is amazing that they know where to go,” said Halifax resident Michelle Brenton. “And it means spring is in the air.”

Latest scientific research shows that hummingbirds can travel up to 35 kilometers each day.

However, the birds face obstacles as they migrate.

“The climate is changing, the world is changing and the migration patterns are changing because of that,” said Millard, who added that the first hummingbird arrival in Nova Scotia this year happened earlier this week in Weymouth .

“That earlier arrival is based on historical data because back in 2000, April 18 was an exceptionally early arrival that year.”

According to wildlife expert Hope Swinimer, hummingbirds are resilient and can make the climate-based adjustments needed each spring as they travel in huge numbers up the east coast.

“They’re really amazing creatures, and the more you learn about them, the more fascinating they are,” said Swinimer who operates Hope for Wildlife, an animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Seaforth, NS.

“The birds can fly backwards, they can hover and they can do all kinds of things that other birds can’t do and I think that’s part of their beauty and u charm.”

That charm, says Millard, is what causes many Canadians to appreciate their arrival each year as a sign that the warm season has arrived.

“They’re a fun little bird, they’re bright and exceptional and they generally brighten up your day,” says Millard.

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