Apr 3, 2019 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, April 2019

The Hummingbirds are Coming!

A black-chinned hummingbird discovers a new backyard feeder.

Keep an eye on the northward progression of ruby-throated hummingbirds at journeynorth.org/hummingbirds. The spring progression of all common North American hummingbird species is at hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration-spring-2019-map. If you see a hummingbird earlier than you expect to, and earlier than documented on these websites, each website provides information on how to go about reporting your observation. Those who live in the Deep South should hang their nectar feeders right away. The first ruby-throats usually show up from southern Kansas to southern Virginia by April 1.

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