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Monday, March 21, 2011

Hang'em Up and Start Watching

The are already on the move and will soon be in an area near you.  The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are migrating!!!  I love the anticipation and follow the map report regularly.  Perhaps because we are so near an escarpment, the hummingbirds are reported to our north, to our east, and to our west before we see them here.  I mix the nectar and put out the feeders weeks before I actually see a hummingbird, but I don't want to miss that first one.

So they are coming.  Follow the map and get your feeders out as they approach your area.  The map is a self-reporting one, so if you are the first in your area to see a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, you can click on the map and report the sighting.  Now that's something to brag to the neighbors about!



You can find the map here




And before too long, this is what you will see as your reward.  I can't wait!



Oh, don't you just love spring?

16 comments:

Rudee said...

Yes, I do love spring. Even heavy spring showers like we had last night.

Perhaps I should buy a hummingbird feeder so I can enjoy their visits, too.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow.... Already???? I usually don't see them here until late April... BUT--after we get back from our trip next week, I'll get the feeders out and start looking for them. Have you seen one at your place?????

Love those hummers.
Hugs,
Betsy

KGMom said...

Love these wee creatures. We get them here on a quick buzz-through. I see one at flowers, rush the nectar out and by then they are gone. Disappointed, they leave...
Disappointed, I keep trying. To no avail.
This has happened at least in three different years.

Sam said...

Mom got one of those (probably not a ruby throated one) stuck in her hair yesterday. For some reason they like Mom, and were buzzing around her, and well, maybe she needs to brush her hair out more often...

Sam

The Bug said...

It will be a while before we see ours. I was checking our cypress vine yesterday - no signs of life there yet. The hummers LOVE the little red flowers on that vine. Can't wait!

Barb said...

I don't think I can anticipate them near me anytime soon. However, I'll enjoy your reports and photos!

Ruth said...

I am glad to see your link also has a map of Canada, but it will be a few weeks before they cross the Great Lakes. Very interesting!

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks for the reminder! I'll go make some hummer juice right now.

Lola said...

Thanks for the reminder. I must get mine out tomorrow. I have seen them late March before. I like to sit in my swing & watch them.

Jill said...

I have to get my feeders out! I am glad you posted this as I am always behind in getting them out. We had our first one last year the first of April. The feeder will be waiting for him this year.

TaraDharma said...

The title of your post gave me some cause for concern -- oh dear, who does she want to HANG?

Thank goodness it is the sugar water for this gorgeous birds. Love the map. Love the birds.

Mary Lee said...

Yikes! I want to rush home and hang mine...!

troutbirder said...

Neat Carolyn. I check back on that map though they are a long way from here right now.... and its snowing again.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh, I just love hummers!!! I wish they loved my area!

The Captain's Daughter said...

I love, love, love Spring - and especially Spring in the Carolina that we share!

Your photos are beautiful!

Happy Spring!

dAwN said...

We had our first Ruby throated at my sisters home here in NC..yippee