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Wendy Bird: Hummingbirds should be back any minute now

Last year, they came to Melson Ridge, Adair County, KY, on April 8, 2014, with an advance party of gaily bedecked males - males are always in the vanguard. These guys are coming from Central and South America and will arrive with huge appetites. Adair County ornithologist says it's time now to put out hummingbird feeders. Today!
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By Wendy Butler Burt

Maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe as late as next week "my" Ruby Throated Hummingbirds will be back on Melson Ridge. So put up at least one hummingbird feeder now -- the hummingbirds arrive very hungry during and after their migratory flight from Central and South America! - Wendy Butler Burt

Last year the first of my hummingbirds arrived on April 8 (the males arrive first). I had not yet put out my feeder and, around noon, I had the distinct feeling that I was being watched. I looked out the window and there he was, hovering inches from the window, giving me the beady eye. I could almost hear him saying, "Hey! You! Where's my food?!?!? I've flown all the way from Guatemala to see you again to be welcomed with, what? Nothing!"

So I quickly mixed up some hummingbird solution (4 parts water, 1 part sugar) and put up one or two feeders for "our" hummingbirds and other hummers passing through on the way to their Summer homes.

My full complement of feeders will not be not hung for another month or so. I\'ll put up all the feeders when the females and the first set of fledglings start zipping around the porch. And, if we have as many hummingbirds this year as last, I will go through about 125 pounds of sugar before the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds head back south for the Winter.

But, right now, I'm gearing up for the onslaught. I hope you'll do the same.

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