Way Ahead of Schedule

A female ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochu...

A female ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) sipping nectar from scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma). Français : Un Colibri à gorge rubis (Archilochus colubris) femelle butinant une fleur de Monarde (Monarda didyma). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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!

My Hummingbird Feeder   copyright 2012 How To Spy On Birds

My Hummingbird Feeder

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.

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