Ruby-throats are appearing in greater numbers along the Gulf States. They arrive hungry after losing about half their body weight during migration. Migration proceeds at an average rate of about 20 miles per day, in good weather. They will be looking for the earliest blooming flowers and bite size bugs.
"New male has arrived overnight. I now have 3 males at feeders, but all are doing a lot of bugging."
Ormond Beach, Florida on March 12th.
"Our first male arrived and drank nectar from a feeder."
Havana, Florida on March 14th.
These fiesty little hummers are arriving now in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
"First Rufous chasing an Anna's away, he was trying to claim the feeder."
Port Orchard, Washington on March 12th.
First Rufus of season! Very hungry. Kept returning to feeder."
Tenino, Washington on March 12th.
"First male Rufous has arrived. They usually arrive March 8th."
Thetis Island, British Columbia on March 12th.
Southerly winds in the west brought many new Black-chinned and Broad-tailed arrivals.
"First Black-chinned! His feathers are fresh and bright. Blurry photo — I was just too excited to hold still!"
Dripping Springs, Texas on March 10th.