Like Clockwork

Our ruby-throated hummingbirds have a history of returning to Downeast Thunder Farm on May 11 of each year. A friend once told me this was “the day” and sure enough, she’s been right in all the years I’ve been keeping track of their arrival. Like clockwork, the arrived here last Sunday, May 11th.

The boys always arrive first.

male ruby throated hummingbird

male ruby throated hummingbird

male ruby throated hummingbird

They are followed by the girls who make an appearance a few days later.

Female ruby throated hummingbird

Female ruby throated hummingbird

Female ruby throated hummingbird

Female ruby throated hummingbird

Female ruby throated hummingbird

How do they manage to keep to the same schedule year after year like clockwork?

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3 Responses to Like Clockwork

  1. lovely series of hummingbird photos

  2. Lisa Taylor says:

    That’s incredible, May 11th is the same day I noticed we had hummers (male, of course) at our home in central New York! I put up the feeder that day. I was away for work during the week, and when I was home again last weekend, the females had arrived. Love your photos!

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