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.
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
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:
- Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Migration Maps (hummingbirds.net)
- Rufous Hummingbird Migration Maps (learner.org)
For more information about different species of hummingbirds, their feeding, habitats, and arrival dates, check out:
- Hummingbirds in the Garden
- How to Make Hummingbird Nectar and Refill a Feeder Fast
- Western Hummingbird Habitat Maps (mschloe.com)
- Hummingbird Migration by State (hummingbirdworld.com)
- A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America, by Sheri L. Williamson