When Hummingbirds are Migrating to Your Area

Hummingbirds’ migration is a sure sign of spring’s arrival. (DepositPhotos)

The arrival of the hummingbirds is one of the highlights of spring. Most years, they surprise us, zipping around the yard before we’ve even thought about hanging out the feeder. As spring moves northward, so do the birds, following the above freezing temperatures and spring blooms.

Here are some resources and a handy chart to help you get ready for hummingbirds in your yard.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

The most commonly-watched species of hummingbirds is the colorful and spunky ruby-throated hummingbird. Their summer habitat includes the eastern half of the U.S. and southeast Canada. Spring migration varies year by year, but this chart will help you get ready for hummingbirds in your area:


      Average Arrival Dates and Habitat of Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

Migration Maps

The flutter of these tiny birds northward across the map is exciting to behold, and it begs even casual birdwatchers to participate in recording their progress. For up-to-the-minute information on hummingbird sightings in your area, or to report a sighting, go to:

  • Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Migration Maps (hummingbirds.net)
  • Rufous Hummingbird Migration Maps (learner.org)

Further Information

For more information about different species of hummingbirds, their feeding, habitats, and arrival dates, check out:

8 COMMENTS

  1. There are a number of plants that attract hummingbirds to your yard, and if you keep your nectar fresh, you should enjoy plenty of hummers. For tips on hummingbird-friendly gardening, check out Hummingbirds in the Garden.

    I haven’t used that particular feeder, but the most important thing is that it be easy to take apart and clean. It needs to be scrubbed every time you fill it. I use a flat feeder that looks like a flying saucer – it comes completely apart, has no tiny or hidden parts to scrub, and is dishwasher-safe. For more info about cleaning and filling feeders, check out How To Make Hummingbird Nectar and Refill a Feeder Fast.

  2. Ruby-throated hummingbirds have always been my favorite. Is there anything I can do to attract more of them to my yard? I’ve been looking at feeders and found Perky-Pet’s Top Fill feeders so far. Have you tried them yet? Instead of having to flip them upside down to fill and use a funnel, you can fill them right from their wide-mouth top.

  3. We are in the northwoods and do not get hummers till mid to late may.We put out various feeders but they seem to like the small ones we got at the dollar store the best.They dont hold much and we refill almost everyday,the fresher the better?,or the size of the feeder? who knows?

  4. we have 3 hummingbird that fly right by our back window 1 girl and 2 boy they fight over the girl she fly’s right next to me and she so green it’s unreal.

  5. My husband and I live in the southwest part of Missouri. We have fed and cared for Ruby Throated Hummingbirds for thirteen years. This year we have had a very cool, wet Spring. The number of hummingbirds we feed is drastically reduced. Has anyone else experienced this reduction? Are we aware of any reason for this reduction? Many of our neighbors have also experienced the reduction in visitors. We live very rural and the landscape has not changed. Any thoughts on this???

  6. I live in Massachusetts , so my question , Chart shows …Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds usual seen time is April last week..so that means it will start showing up from April last week to end of summer or show up for at most two weeks?

    when should i put feed in Massachusetts area?

  7. June 1, 2019 Clermont County, OH
    Our hummingbird feeder was visited today by what appears to be a black chinned rather than the usual ruby throated hummingbird. Could that western species possibly be just outside of Cincinnati?

    • Hi, Anne,
      That’s a good question! We wouldn’t want to speculate, so your best resource is the Audubon Society’s bird guide: https://www.audubon.org/bird-guide
      Good luck. 🙂

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