Hummingbird watchers await their return to area

Taken from: pantagraph.com

Frautschi, who spotted her first hummingbird visitor of 2011 at her rural Bloomington home a week ago today, offers tips to dress up yards to attract the birds. Once they know a particular location has food, they store the information in a brain smaller than a BB and return for years, she said.

For that reason, it’s important to put bird feeders in place earlier than their anticipated arrival in spring if the birds visited a yard last year, she said. The earliest Frautschi has documented a hummingbird visit was the second week in April. Most don’t arrive until the second week of May.

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