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Rockport-Fulton HummerBird Celebration Returns This September

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Tickets are on sale now for Rockport-Fulton’s 31st Annual HummerBird Celebration September 19 – 22. Because tickets to this popular event sell out quickly, making reservations early is highly recommended. Back and better than ever, this year’s event features over 75 vendors, more than 12 speakers, and a large variety of nature-inspired field trips, on land or sea!

HummerBird Celebration is fun, educational, and inspiring. It’s designed for anyone who enjoys bird watching as well as experts who follow migration patterns. Rockport-Fulton’s Chamber of Commerce Tourism Development Council centers their celebration on the historic fall migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds, first documented by Connie Hagar in 1938. Rufous, Black-chinned, and Buff-bellied hummers will also be spotted.

Rockport-Fulton HummerBird Celebration Returns This September

Photo: Juan Bohamon

Sandy Jumper, Rockport-Fulton Chamber VP of Marketing, says, “We are almost back to 83% of our lodging capacity. Still waiting on Hampton and one or two others, but we are so far ahead of this time last year. Still, I would suggest for people to book early. We always book close to capacity during HummerBird because it is such a popular event.”

Jumper said the most unique, special opportunity for visitors to the HummerBird Celebration is watching an expert band one of the tiny creatures. “When you first watch a bird banding, the first feeling is of concern for the tiny creature. Is it hurting? Frightened? The banding expert or Master Bander uses a jeweler’s tool to band these smallest of birds. The band is so small, it can barely be seen with the naked eye. It is amazing to watch this procedure. If you are one of the lucky ones, the bander places the bird in your open palm. You realize that it is in a comatose state, but before you are able to take it all in, it flutters, opens its little eyes and flies away, happy to regain its freedom.”

Celebrate All Birds’ Fall Migration

Rockport-Fulton HummerBird Celebration Returns This September
Photo: Phil Stranahan

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