Spring Hummingbird Migration

By: Julie Day

The arrival of the hummingbirds is one of the highlights of spring. Most years, they surprise me, zipping around the yard before I’ve even thought about hanging out my feeder. As spring moves northward, so do the birds, following the above freezing temperatures and spring blooms.

Here are some resources and a handy chart to help you get ready for hummingbirds in your yard.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

The most commonly-watched species of hummingbirds is the colorful and spunky ruby-throated hummingbird. Their summer habitat includes the eastern half of the U.S. and southeast Canada. Spring migration varies year by year, but this chart will help you get ready for hummingbirds in your area:


      Average Arrival Dates and Habitat of Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

Migration Maps

The flutter of these tiny birds northward across the map is exciting to behold, and it begs even casual birdwatchers to participate in recording their progress. For up-to-the-minute information on hummingbird sightings in your area, or to report a sighting, go to:

Further Information

For more information about different species of hummingbirds, their feeding, habitats, and arrival dates, check out:

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  • Corey Wi Says:
    April 7th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    We are in the northwoods and do not get hummers till mid to late may.We put out various feeders but they seem to like the small ones we got at the dollar store the best.They dont hold much and we refill almost everyday,the fresher the better?,or the size of the feeder? who knows?



  • Anthony Says:
    April 13th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Ruby-throated hummingbirds have always been my favorite. Is there anything I can do to attract more of them to my yard? I’ve been looking at feeders and found Perky-Pet’s Top Fill feeders so far. Have you tried them yet? Instead of having to flip them upside down to fill and use a funnel, you can fill them right from their wide-mouth top.


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    Julie Day Says:
    April 13th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    There are a number of plants that attract hummingbirds to your yard, and if you keep your nectar fresh, you should enjoy plenty of hummers. For tips on hummingbird-friendly gardening, check out Hummingbirds in the Garden.

    I haven’t used that particular feeder, but the most important thing is that it be easy to take apart and clean. It needs to be scrubbed every time you fill it. I use a flat feeder that looks like a flying saucer – it comes completely apart, has no tiny or hidden parts to scrub, and is dishwasher-safe. For more info about cleaning and filling feeders, check out How To Make Hummingbird Nectar and Refill a Feeder Fast.


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