A little off topic…

A female hummer on our honeysuckle.

Although this is a blog about our bluebirds, I try to chronicle the other birds in the yard and how they interact.  One way I confirm spring’s arrival is to monitor the hummingbird migration.  The first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds of the season have just been recorded on the Gulf coast and I wanted to share the link to monitor the migration.  http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html  It’s also listed on my blogroll.

I normally see hummers in our yard in central Oklahoma the last week in March.  If you want to attract hummingbirds to your yard, it’s best to have a feeder up when the first ones come through.  The males travel north first and establish a territory, so the more you let fly by your property on their migration, the less  chance of getting a nesting pair.  Check out the migration as these teeny travelers make their way north.


About lindell dillon

Lindell Dillon is retired and lives in Norman, OK. He grew up in Duncan, attended Cameron College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. His interests include photography, nature, birding, and investing. Oklahoma Master Naturalist, alumnus Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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5 Responses to A little off topic…

  1. lindell dillon says:

    Carolyn bought a new HB feeder this week. We’ll be ready. We hang one in the front yard and one in the back near the patio. That way we can have fun watching the hummers, no matter which porch we are sitting on.

  2. lindell dillon says:

    Still no sign of the bluebirds nesting. The hummingbirds are up into East Texas now. It won’t be long. Noticed our honeysuckle has a few blooms and the Red Columbine is up. We’ll be ready for them.

  3. Hi Lindell, How fantastic is that! I think so. The hummers are so beautiful and helpful you just want them to be around the place all the time! Have a super good day today!

  4. lindell dillon says:

    Still no signs of the bluebirds nesting. They are in and out of the box all day long, though. Warm weather is forecast for the next week and I expect Mama will begin carrying in grass for a nest. No hummingbirds in the yard yet.

  5. lindell dillon says:

    Just a comment to let folks know I’m not being negligent in reporting on nesting activity. There is none yet. Birds are at least a couple of weeks later than the previous two springs. They are in and out of the box daily, just finished their breakfast of mealworms. And I still haven’t seen a hummingbird in the yard. Had first yesterday– Louisiana Waterthrush and the Barn Swallows have returned to catch bugs over the field out back.

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