Most of the Rufous Hummingbirds have now begun their migration south, back to Mexico. In May, the hummingbird research group was able to capture and band 50 in one day at our property. Yesterday, they only managed to capture and band 4. Although we are located on Vancouver Island, I believe once the Rufous reach the mainland, they move eastward to higher elevations. This allows them to access the mountain wildflowers on the western side of the Rockies as they move south.
On their migration north from Mexico to here, they followed the coast up to here, due to the warmer conditions and the early bloom of Spring flowers.