Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Get Ready. They are on the move
Spotted already in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, eastern Texas and southern Arkansas, the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are migrating. Put out the hummingbird feeders if you live in or near those areas.
Each spring, Hummingbirds.net provides an interactive map for people to follow the migration and report sightings of hummingbirds in their area. While any self-reporting map has a margin of error, the combination of reported sightings will give a good idea of when these lovely little jewels are approaching your home.
You can click to enlarge the map for today.
And go to the Website here regularly to watch for the hummingbirds. You might even report a new sighting in your area.
I am not aware of a similar reporting system for the other hummingbirds in North America. The Ruby-throated is the only one found regularly in the Eastern and Midwestern US. We do occasionally get the wayward Rufous but in most cases if we see a hummingbird, it's almost certain to be a Ruby-throated.
So mix up your nectar and set out your feeders as soon as you see the birds approaching your area.