So many have already seen their first of the year, and so many are still waiting, including myself. Many are within hours of their first sighting and many still 3 weeks away, but when it happens, just a single sighting can inject an overdose of adrenaline into the heart, like nothing else. I know that everyone who's involved in the activity can relate. Continuous false movements around the garden of any kind can stimulate the heart, followed by a let down, until the moment one appears. Months of their absence builds the intensity of the longing for our pets that migrate south, and when they arrive, the contentment is fulfilled as they're finally home.
I just have advice for those still waiting. Don't wait until you see a bird to place out feeders. Be prepared before they arrive. Feeders should go up 7 -10 days before you expect them at your garden. The reason is because many males are passing through to a location far north of you, and if some of your early birds shows up with no food, they may very well move on to a location that has some. Weather plays a big part in the Northern migration, and in some regions first sightings of the year can range up to 6 weeks difference from one year to the next. You have nothing to lose by having feeders up early, and only much to gain. Follow migration maps, and if they are nearing your region, place out feeders 7 - 10 days before you expect them.
Here is my Ziggy from last year. He's had several years already and I don't know if he'll be back, but I know there are other males always willing to take over a territory that's filled with feeders and flowers. The anticipation is building for me! I JUST CAN'T WAIT!
Adult male Ruby-throat hummingbird. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. August 3, 2018.
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