OHIO – The migration of the hummingbird is in full swing, some birds are back in Ohio at the end of March to early April looking for food. Some scientist say Hummingbirds usually come a little later but, according to humming-birdguide.com birds are already seen in Ohio and a full miration should be expected in the next few weeks.
The Ruby-throated hummingbird common to Ohio is heading from its winter vacation in deep south Mexico and South America.
Ruby-throated humming bird can travel over a thousand miles non-stop and head to the southern regions to survive over the winter. When they return to Ohio after the long trip they are searching for food, so it is important to have your feeders out and available in the coming weeks. Hummingbirds come to Ohio for less competition and to breed. Males are usually first to come followed by females.
Incredibly Hummingbirds will return to the feeders that they know year after year through the migration journey. Scientist cannot explain how individual birds have this mapped year after year.
According to the Hummingbirdcentral migration map some birds have already been seen in Ohio check it out here: https://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration-spring-2021-map.htm
Some people say to use caution when using red-dyed foods that are commercially available. Any research I have done has not had a full conclusion that this is the case. Other than used as an attraction to the birds the dye is at least unnecessary at best, and potentially harmful at worst. We recently did a story on a great home recipe click here: http://www.sciotopost.com/make-hummingbird-nectar-without-dye/