Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of the Beyond The Forecast newsletter!
One of the surest signs of spring is the return of hummingbirds to our corner of the Commonwealth and we’ve started to see their migration north in the past few weeks.
For the purposes of this newsletter, we will be talking about the ruby-throated hummingbird, which is the dominant species for the eastern half of the United States.
The birds have been seen in Keeling, Blacksburg, Salem and Christiansburg so far. HummingbirdCentral.com reports sightings as far north as Pennsylvania and New Jersey and as far west as Texas and Oklahoma.
The hummingbirds are right on schedule as we typically see their migration into southwest and central Virginia in early to mid-April.
The Gulf Coast is the first region to see the birds migrate. That usually happens in early March.
New England, Michigan and the upper Midwest start to see them much later, which makes sense because those areas are slowest to warm up.