"" Writer's Wanderings: The Hummingbirds are coming!

Friday, March 06, 2009

The Hummingbirds are coming!


On Sundays, we listen to In the Garden with Ron Wilson on the radio as we're driving to church. This past week he commented that the hummingbirds (of the Ruby Throated variety) are being sighted along the southern Gulf coast as they begin making their way back north.
When I reported that in our Sunday school class (I was looking for a good praise item), someone said that they thought hummingbirds were "hitch hikers," tucking themselves under the wings of larger birds that were also returning north. I found a site, http://www.hummingbirds.net/, that dispelled that rumor at least for the Ruby Throated variety.

For those like me who are eager for spring, this is another sign as the hummingbirds continue north. You can track them on the migration map at the hummingbirds site. In 2008, they finally reached the Northcoast and our area around 4/16. You can be sure that if it snows again in March, I will be searching the migration map in hopes that those little guys will be bringing warm weather with them and closing in soon.

2 comments:

Lori said...

We were just talking about this the other day and about when we should put our feeders back out. I thought I read we might see them by mid-April, so this was a nice confirmation. We'll be watching the map, too.

Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

I'm also over winter. I NEED spring! I never thought about tracking the hummingbirds though. Great idea.

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