When are the hummingbirds returning to Central New York? A little earlier than normal this year.

New York is home to the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. They usually start to appear in late April or early May. But, with the warmer weather we've been having, they could fly into the Empire State a few weeks ahead of schedule.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Credit - CarolinaBirdman

Avoid Red Dye

Want to attract those little guys into your yard? Make some nectar but avoid using any red dye in the feeder. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says it's not safe.

All you need is water and sugar in a 4 to 1 ratio. 2 cups of water with a half cup of sugar would work.

READ MORE: Why Feeding Bread to the Birds is Doing More Harm Than Good

Hummingbirds eat all day, consuming about half their body weight in bugs and nectar. They feed every 10-15 minutes and visit anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 flowers every day.

Credit - Joshua J Cotten/Unsplash
Credit - Joshua J Cotten/Unsplash

When to Hang Your Feeder

Hummingbird Pots suggests hanging the feeder filled with nectar around the first of May in New York. But you may want to put it out a few weeks sooner.

If you have a feeder, be careful of the bears coming out of hibernation and looking for something to eat too. That sweet liquid will be very enticing. And once a bear finds food, they'll be back.

READ MORE: How to Make Your Own Bird Feed

Interactive Map

The interactive map from Hummingbird Central shows hummingbirds already appearing in North Carolina. They usually don't arrive until April 1.

READ MORE: World's Most Dangerous 'Murder Bird' Flies Into New York Animal Park

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Gallery Credit: Karolyi

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