Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Rufous Hummingbirds are Back


March 20th, the first Rufous Hummingbird came to my feeder.  They are a few days later than normal. I have been keeping records for several years now, and reported dates to a migration website. This is the first bird that really captured my attention. The year was 1978, a co-worker put up a hummingbird feeder at work. I was entranced...........and I still am entranced by these tiny birds that travel so far. I have been feeding them ever since. I put up a small feeder about March 1st...and wait. There really isn't much for them to eat this early, so feeders are important.  Rufous Hummingbirds are the main species here, although I have seen a few other species on rare occasions.