Little Travelers

It's the beginning of the hummingbird migration. Sunday, April 19, our second bird arrived. A very noisy, dominant Broad-tailed male showed up and flashed his band. As of Tuesday night, we saw at least 2 male Broad-tails, 4 male Calliopes, and a lone female Calliope.

We were curious about what the birds could be feeding on this early in the season, so Linda and I took a walk on the hillside and spotted 10 wildflowers in bloom. I was surprised to learn that hummingbirds will also feed from Sapsucker wells in the trees. 

First bird of 2015

We are happy to report that our first hummer of 2015, an adult male calliope, arrived on Friday, April 17.  He has a band on his leg which suggests that he has returned home.  This is our earliest sighting ever. Friends in Inkom, ID have also noted that their birds are arriving early this year. Put out your feeders! Kent and Francine Rudeen