It’s too early now, but by the end of March, it is possible we may start seeing ruby-throated hummingbirds in Charlotte!
As the migration map shows above, April is the month for widespread arrival of these wonderful birds in the Charlotte area, but towards the end of March, we may be able to spot a few birds passing through on their way to breeding grounds farther north.
In early April, “our” males will arrive first to set up their territories, and the females will arrive a couple of weeks later.
So, make sure you know where your feeders are and that they are in good condition. Making your own nectar is the cheapest way to ensure that you are offering what their exhausted little bodies will need when they arrive. Four parts water to one part white cane sugar is the ratio to use. Don’t add anything to make it red. Just make sure you are using a feeder with some red on it.
You can really put out the welcome mat for the hummingbirds by planting red, tubular-shaped flowers in the garden and in pots on the porch or patio. Also, since insects make up a majority of their diet (and are essential for the newly hatched chicks) make sure you aren’t spraying your garden for insects. The protein is important for all baby birds!
If you want to follow their migration north, use this migration map. It is fun to watch them march up the eastern seaboard until they find your garden!
About the author: Bird House on the Greenway on Rea Road and Wildology at Waverly are owned and operated by Carol Buie-Jackson and Jay Jackson. Both have been avid birders and wildlife enthusiasts for more than 30 years and are more than willing to share what they know about the local birding community. You can contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org