Discover When Hummingbirds Return to Louisiana

Mid- to late February brings hummingbirds to Louisiana. They may stay until early May or late April. Hummingbirds, especially ruby-throated ones, are most visible in March.  

Hummingbirds migrate from August to October. They relax and eat in southern states like Louisiana before resuming their journey. Some stragglers live in Louisiana nonstop. Around November, they leave.

In summer, Louisiana botanical gardens produce hummingbird- and pollinator-friendly plants. Public parks may have them.

The return of hummingbirds to Louisiana allows us to discuss ways to entice them to your yard. Hummingbirds are atypical garden birds. They prefer nectar and water to seeds and grains.  

The National Audubon Society recommends placing hummingbird feeders to your yard to attract them.  

You can buy or manufacture hummingbird nectar with sugar and water. Avoid dyes, tastes, and odors. Feeders should be widely apart and shaded. If using the same feeder, territorial hummingbirds may fight.

Feeders may not suffice. Pollinator-friendly flowers attract natural hummingbirds and pollinators. Spotted beebalm, cardinal flower, red sage, hummingbird sage, coral/trumpet honeysuckle.

Ever wondered what sort of hummingbirds reside or visit Louisiana? The ruby-throated hummingbird is the most common of six species in the state. Read on for species details.