This year it’s the same only different.
This year my first Ruby-throated hummingbird arrived fairly much on schedule on May 17th. I didn’t see another until June 25th. Thereafter, I had at least one sighting every day. In previous years I didn’t see them often in June or July. It’s their “low” time, as the lady at my bird supply store once advised. But this year was different. There were definitely more visitors to the feeder during those months. As the summer wore on, hummingbird visits became more frequent when those who flew as far north as Canada for breeding season began their migration back south. As usual, mid-August to mid-September were the busiest weeks around my feeder.
Typically, hummer visits begin to taper off and my last sighting is during the last week in September or first week in October. But this year they are suddenly GONE! My last sighting was on Thursday, September 13th. That’s way, way too early for them to suddenly vanish! I can’t imagine what has made them want to leave us so soon.
I’ll keep the feeders out until mid-October to help any stragglers who may need an energy boost along the way.
God speed my little ones. Travel safely. I’ll see you in May.
Until springtime, I’ll keep this ‘rescued baby hummingbird‘ video handy. It will make the dark winter nights more bearable. Thanks to my cousins Jessica and Sally for passing it along. I know you’ll enjoy it, too.