We put up the hummingbird feeders five days ago, and the hummingbirds showed up within a couple days. Today I got some photos, while sitting on the deck a few feet away. This is a male ruby-throated hummingbird, and a female came around as well. It is rather marvelous that they can find these feeders, considering the length of their travels.
Hummingbirds migrate to and from central America where they spend the winter, usually in the same place that their ancestors did. They fly alone, not in flocks, and instinctively know where to go. Isn’t that incredible? Hummingbirds have an average life span of 3-5 years, so maybe these are the same hummingbirds as those who found the feeder we put up last year, before we had the roof on the deck. Or maybe they are descendants. Now we have two feeders, and they’ve already used both. Hummingbirds are very territorial, so I wonder if we’ll see others, or these two will claim it all for themselves.