OHIO – The migration of the hummingbird is in full swing, birds will be back in Ohio in 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 in the lower United States heading North now.
The Ruby-throated humming bird common to Ohio is heading from its deep south home in Mexico and South America heading to North American now. Some lower states of Florida, Alabama and Georgia have already reported the return.
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.
Some people say to use caution when using red dyed foods that are commercially available. Any research I have done has not had full conclusion that this is the case. Other than used as a attraction to the birds the dye is at least unnecessary at best, and potentially harmful at worst. There are home recipes available in an easy google search.