What seems like the most delayed Spring that I've ever seen, looks like it's finally here to stay. I've seen a couple Robins at their normal time, so now it's just a waiting game on the Springtime songbirds. For those that are waiting for the hummingbirds, they always seem to arrive within the same times as a select group of song birds. Many songbirds will arrive well before the rest, but there always seems to be a small group of birds that show up within the same 5 to 7 days as the hummingbirds. Here's something to keep track of this year - when your first hummingbirds show up, keep a close eye on which other birds made their first appearance within the same 5 days. In future years you will find it a pretty accurate tool of knowing when your hummingbirds will arrive. My special group of birds that I watch for are the Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted grosbeak, Goldfinch, House Wren and Barn Swallow. Your list will not be the same, as all birds have different Summer and Winter territories. But I can tell you that when these birds show up in my yard, the hummingbirds are near or somewhere mixed in. Another good method of knowing when the hummingbirds are near in future years is to immediately identify which flowers are blooming when they arrive this year. Some people go by a specific date, and in some regions this may be fairly accurate, but in other regions you may be out by as much as a month. Hummingbirds are known to follow certain blooms. So as these specific flowers open up in your garden, you'll know the hummingbirds are near. Some flowers have little to no value with hummingbirds, but some are soaked with sweet nectar, and are desperately sought out by hummingbirds. Watch for the signs and keep track, and in future years you will know precisely when the hummingbirds are near.
Here sits a male Baltimore Oriole. They typically arrive within the same few days as the Ruby-throat hummingbird in my region.