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I understand that the usual date to put out hummingbird feeders is April
15. BUT, do we put out feeders early for early migrants? Maybe the
calliope will take this migration route North??
Kathleen, Columbia


On Wed, 5 Mar 2003, Mike Thelen wrote:

> I can't remember if I've seen any grackles around lately, but I saw one this morning.  There was a Common Grackle in my backyard picking at the fallen seed on the ground, and using the tube feeder.  It looked like a female.
>
> Migrating hummingbirds have landed on the Gulf coast:  considering the challenges of their trans-Gulf flights this is truly a miracle happening in real time if there ever was one.
>
> Purple Martins are as near as western Kentucky, and Barn Swallows and Chimney Swifts are just a few weeks away.  When I see the first swift over my house that is the official start of spring...for me, anyway.
>
> Mike Thelen
> St. Louis County, MO
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