Tuesday, March 18, 2008
They’re on their way! After spending the winter in Central America, the first migrating ruby-throated hummingbirds have been sighted as far north as Macon, Georgia.
Depending on flying conditions, research has shown that the dynamic little birds advance roughly 70 miles a day. Studies also suggest that the small hummers follow the emergence of red buckeye. As soon as this native tree blooms in any given locale, the ruby-throats appear. The adult males are generally the first to arrive. It’s a lovely sort of natural synchronicity.