They’re back! First hummingbirds spotted in Southwest Virginia

First three hummingbird sightings reported in Southwest Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. – Get those hummingbird feeders ready! Bird watchers have reported the first sightings of hummingbirds in Southwest Virginia as the tiny birds are making their migration back to the states.

As of April 1, ruby-throated hummingbirds were spotted in Salem, Blacksburg and Keeling.

Here’s the 2021 hummingbird spring migration map from Hummingbird Central.

The Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center is keeping a close eye on when they’ll be in our area. Many more sightings are expected by mid-April, early May.

Executive Director Sabrina Garvin says it will soon be time for everyone to start putting out their feeders.

“We encourage them to do that because it helps the ones going further north to have some food, especially if things haven’t bloomed and aren’t ready for the birds. It is just one bird that everyone loves to watch out for,” Garvin said, adding that hummingbirds are a key signal of springtime.

According to Hummingbird Central, red and yellow feeders work best at attracting hummingbirds. Garvin says to avoid buying food with dye or even purchasing organic blends. Instead, she says it’s better to make your own. She says it’s a 4 to 1 ratio, to use a quarter cup of regular sugar and mix with a cup of hot water.

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