Seems I took a longer break than I expected. After our guests left both my husband and I got a dreadful GI virus. The Norovirus that sometimes runs rampant through cruise ships. Fortunately it is short-lived but such a nightmare. When we recovered, I scrubbed everything thoroughly with bleach.
This is the last day of March and here in North Carolina we are getting ready to greet our smallest migrating birds, many of whom will spend the summer here with us.
This little one is sitting on a hummingbird that tops the feeder.
She looks at me as if declaring, "This is MY space, lady."
This is the migration map for today
(click to enlarge)
Each year the migration of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is posted on the Web. It is a device for self-reporting sightings of the birds and is typically very reliable. You can find the map HERE
The map always bothers us a bit. We prepare and hang the nectar and then wait and wait. Hummingbirds are reported to our east and to our west. To our south and to our north and yet we do not see them. Perhaps it's because we live so near the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment that dramatically rises above the piedmont areas. Whatever the reason, the hummingbirds will come and we will welcome them for the summer.
I'm not certain why there are no migration maps for other hummingbirds. Perhaps the Ruby-throated Hummingbird pathways are more predictable.