How did he do it? On April 7, our astounding Broad-Tailed male J-98804, was first to arrive again this year! Despite the snow and cold at the ranch, he visited the feeder regularly then headed out to catch bugs. What a testament to his toughness, tenacity, and instincts.
His arrival is also a clear demonstration of "site fidelity", the tendency of hummingbirds to return to places where they have successfully bred and fed. 4/30 update: Still here!