Follow hummingbirds as they migrate back to Michigan this spring

One of Michigan's most colorful spring signs? Ruby-throated hummingbirds return.  

Michigan's sole native hummingbird, these ferocious jewel-toned beauties, are migrating back north across the U.S. after wintering in Mexico and Costa Rica.  

Ruby-throated hummingbird migration has been tracked since late winter on the spring 2024 map. The northernmost sightings are in Missouri, Kentucky, and Virginia.  

The first ruby-throated hummingbird in Michigan was seen in Lansing on April 12, 2023.  

According to the National Audubon Society, leaving up feeders in advance of these birds' arrival might provide a supplemental source of nectar for recharging on their treks, especially in early spring when flowers are scarce.  

Check your hummingbird feeders for cleanliness, dryness, and filling now to support these small travelers. Make nectar solution with a 1:4 DIY blend of refined white sugar dissolved in boiling tap water (no dye, artificial sweetener, or honey).   

In spring, you can add bee balm, cardinal flower, and scarlet columbine to your garden along with feeders. Audubon's native plant database recommends local bird-friendly plants.