Hummingbirds, Swifts and Swallows

Swallows, swifts and hummingbird species are amazing additions to any backyard. Learn how to identify and attract these graceful fliers to your yard, and listen to their songs.

Male Anna’s hummingbird

Attracting Hummingbirds: Western Species

Did you know that of North America’s 20 hummingbird species, most are unique to the West? Learn about attracting hummingbirds from the west with these tips.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

The hardiest swallow, it arrives early in spring and even winters over in some localities. When insects are unavailable, the Tree Swallow feeds mostly on bayberries; some wintering birds have also been seen picking seeds from pond ice.

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

The most abundant hummer in the West, the orangey-red Rufous Hummingbird’s migration path occasionally leads it eastward, even as far as the Atlantic coast.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Each fall, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds (even the season’s new arrivals) embark on a solo mission: migrating to Mexico or Central America. For some, the journey involves several hundred miles across the Gulf of Mexico.

Purple Martin

Purple Martin

Native Americans once attracted these voracious insect eaters by hanging gourd houses near their villages. Purple Martins nest in colonies of six to eight pairs—well-established ones can grow into the hundreds.

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Named for Anna de Belle Massena, the wife of a French prince and bird collector, Anna’s Hummingbird is more cold-hardy than most hummingbirds. It can be found all year along the Pacific Coast, north as far as British Columbia.

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