Words and pictures from the author of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Hummers Are Coming!
Or they may already be there, depending on your location. Here in the eastern US, we have only the Ruby-Throated variety, but they're a delight to behold. First the males appear and several weeks later, the females. And then they court and do their loopy little sky dance and squabble over the feeders and generally entertain us till Fall.
The reason I bring this up now is this nifty link, sent to me by Liz G. It will take you to a map where dots mark first sightings of returning hummers. (As of Sunday night there had been a sighting in northern Louisiana.) The sightings are emailed in -- reported by folks like you and me.
The map is only for the Ruby-Throated's range (online it extends into Canada.) But the site is full of pictures and lots of good information about humming birds in their many varieties.
Personally, I find it fascinating to watch the dots creep northward.
I don't really remember exactly when the hummers return to our area -- early to mid-April, I think. But I'll be waiting to add my dot to the map!
Full disclosure: These humming bird pictures aren't mine -- my friend Vic made them last year on our front porch with his super-duper camera.
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