In my last blog, I predicted that, in spite of our warm winter weather, ruby-throated hummingbirds would probably not arrive early this year. Boy was I ever wrong. Since the blog was posted, at least four hummers have been spotted in Monroe County. The first bird arrived at a home near Juliette March 9. Two birds were reported arriving three days later on March 12. To top it all off, today (March 14) I spotted a male ruby-throated hummingbird visiting a feeder hanging in front of my office. All four sightings are earlier than any I am personally aware of during the past 40+ years. Personally, until today the earliest I have ever seen my first rubythroat of the year is March 18.
Please let me know when you spot your first rubythroat. I cannot believe folks in this Middle Georgia County are spotting hummingbirds earlier than anybody else in the state.