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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

When do I put out my hummingbird feeder?

With spring just a couple days away, the most frequently asked question this week was when to put out the hummingbird feeders?

In mid-Michigan you have to pay your taxes and put out your hummingbird feeders by April 15th. You can track the migration of the Ruby throated hummingbird on www.hummingbirds.net.

The hummingbirds we see in April probably won’t stick around but continue on to nest in the Upper Peninsula or Canada. The hummingbirds that choose to nest in our area (the regulars) usually arrive by Mothers Day, the second Sunday in May.


Vetsy said...

I can't wait I'm so excited about their return even though I rarely get to see any in my area.

last year late in the summer I spotted a few at different times.

A female Ruby throat came through and quickly circled my Penstemons and later on that same month a male Ruby throat zoomed through for a quick snack from my Weigela.

Dawn said...

Thanks. I was thinking it was beginning of May here, but we'll be out of town so I was thinking about putting it up now. Then I see your information and realize I should do it now anyway. Making food for them as we speak.