Lots of irons in the fire, but returned home this afternoon to find the property abuzz with both sexes of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. In the blink of of an eye, they are not only back but busy fighting over the feeders! Did not see a single one yesterday. I hung out 3 feeders, all I have, which will have to last them for some time. I need some new ones as the plastic on a couple has faded from red to sort of a powdery pink due to the hot sun. That darn hard 13F degree night back in January, blew up the good feeders that were out while I was away. One of the male Ruby-throats that arrived out there today is already displaying to females.They just don't mess around.
Several Gnatcatchers were in the yard as well but I did not have time to look for anything else today though did see the Spotted Towhee.....Dang, I hear thunder to the west and I didn't even know there was rain forecasted.(?)
This is the date I sometimes hear my first Whip-poor-will of the year, but will likely miss that event this spring.