(Photo by Chad Merda)
For those of you eagerly anticipating the arrival of ruby-throated hummingbirds, the wait is over. We have our first reported sightings in Will County.
Thanks to a map from Journey North — a project run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum — we've been following these amazing birds' northern migration, getting more and more excited as they have gotten closer. First when they hit the southern United States, and then Illinois.
Now, they're dropping into our own Will County neighborhoods.
The first reported sighting from Journey North's citizen scientists came on April 15 in Joliet with a hummingbird reported at a nectar feeder.
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Another sighting on Monday was reported on eBird, this time in Lockport.
Our first hummingbird sighting at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township came on Monday, April 29.
Keep in mind that ruby-throated hummingbirds will migrate all the way up into Canada so, even if you spot one locally, that doesn't mean that particular bird is going to be sticking around and instead is just making a pit stop.
While you wait for their arrival in your yard ...
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