I cannot believe the Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration map! The hummers arrived on the southern shores of the U.S. about the same time as usual – late February. They continued to progress north at their usual pace. Then, all of a sudden, apparently as they encountered the unseasonable warmth, they accelerated their northern movement. Boy, did they ever accelerate! They generally arrive in northern Illinois in mid-April. Have you seen the migration map?! They have reached Canada already!
OMG! So, today, a full two weeks ahead of when I normally put out the hummer feeders, I cooked up some hummingbird nectar and put them out. I placed one outside the livingroom and one outside the kitchen. I don’t usually see the hummingbirds at my feeders until the 3rd week of May. Do you think they will be at my feeders earlier this year?
Hummingbird nectar recipe: dissolve 1/4 cup granulated sugar in 1 cup hot water. Allow to cool to room temperature before offering in feeders. Store extra sugar-water in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Things are just beginning to get interesting.