They Won’t Be Here For A Bit, But Hummingbirds Are On The Move.
Don't get your hopes up too quick, bub. I imagine the hummers will get here around their normal time. Maybe even a shade early, since it's been so warm. But what I stumbled upon online was an interactive map, that shows where the hummers are showing up on their annual migration northward.
Right now, according to HummingbirdCentral.com, they've made it as far north as Delaware/New Jersey. As the crow flies (haha...!), that's only about 12 hours away by car. So when the weather gives, they will be here in no time. That, my frineds, is actually something to look forward to.
Sure, I'm 6'2" tall, shaved head, and plenty of tattoos... But I could sit on my deck and literally watch hummingbirds all day long. Granted, they're jerks. I've never seen such territorial little turds in my life. I've even watched males chase females away from the feeder. Obviously, this guy doesn't understand how mating works.
I'm hoping beyond hope, that things will be back to normal a bit by the time the hummers actually show up. Although, it'll give a nice normal feeling, when I drag the feeders out and get my nectar ready. I like to make my own in bulk and chuck the surplus in the fridge.
Here's an easy nectar recipe from the Smithsonian:
- Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water (for example, 1 cup of sugar with 4 cups of water) until the sugar is dissolved
- Do not add red dye
- Fill your hummingbird feeders with the sugar water and place outside
- Extra sugar water can be stored in a refrigerator
- Change feeders every other day and thoroughly clean them each time to prevent harmful mold growth