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Seasonal Migration vs Weather Migration


Last updated 1/16/2019 at 4:12pm

Doug Harling

This Swainson's Hawk has returned to the same area of Fountain for the past four years now, after migrating to Argentina every year.

Two things can kick off migration. Seasonal changes and weather changes are the main motivation for every bird. I have had readers ask me this winter about seeing some birds that they thought migrated and why they are still seeing them here. Season changes and weather changes may seem the same but they have different motivators for the birds.

Seasonal migration is what most of us think is the only type of migration. Seasonal migration is the most common and obvious. The Hummingbird, for example, is a seasonal migrator. The hummingbird's food sources are completely gone in our area durin...

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