Over the years, more often than not, my wife and I typically see our first ruby-throated hummingbird of the year at our Monroe County home on March 18.  However, friends in Colquitt and Bluffton in southwest Georgia usually see their first hummer during the second week of March. This year has been different.

A rubythroat has yet to make an appearance in our backyard this spring. As such, this is the longest we have had to wait for a hummer to show up.

Eloise and Bill Doty reported that their first rubythroat suddenly appeared at a feeder hanging in their Taylor County backyard at 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of March 23. Sadly, they have not seen the bird since.

When I let Bill and Eloise know that their report was the first I have received this year, they advised that Mary Ellerbee told them she saw a ruby-throated hummingbird at here Upson County home March 22.

I would love know if the birds are late in arriving this year or folks simply have not taken the time to report their sightings.

With that in mind, please let me know when a rubythroat arrives in your backyard.


  1. Terry, Les finally saw a male a little before dark this evening, here at our home in Hawkinsville. I was really getting worried because I’ve hosted hundreds spring to fall for the last two years. I’ll let you know if the crowds arrive here and when. Still concerned!

  2. John saw an adult male today. Looked windblown but fat. Lots of preening. Tommy had one Sat. Beverly Castleberry, who came to the seminar, saw one last Wed., and another friend in
    Forsyth County had one last Mon. It has begun.

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