Keep Your Eyes Peeled, Thousands Of Hummingbirds Are Headed Right For Massachusetts During Their Migration This Spring
While winter is dark and gloomy outside in Massachusetts, the welcome signs of spring are something to look forward to. One of the best ways to get outside and relax is to sit and watch the birds fly by. While the Bay State is home to tons of birds, there’s nothing like hummingbirds in the springtime. So when will hummingbirds arrive in Massachusetts? Thousands of beautiful hummingbirds will migrate north and make their way through here around mid-April.
Hummingbirds are some of the most fascinating birds in the world, with over 300 unique types. Only about a dozen migrate to the U.S. and Canada, but that migration is coming up quickly, so you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled. Let’s take a look at the predictions for the next hummingbird migration in Massachusetts because they will be here soon, and you’ll want to know what to look out for.
Have you been wondering when will hummingbirds arrive in Massachusetts? Have they visited your yard in previous years? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments, and don’t forget to then go share photos from your Massachusetts bird sightings with us in our Massachusetts Nature Lovers group on Facebook, or by tagging us at #onlyinmassachusetts on Instagram for a chance to be featured!
When Will Hummingbirds Arrive In Massachusetts?
When will hummingbirds arrive in Massachusetts?
Hummingbirds usually make their first appearance around mid-April throughout the Bay State. The ruby-throated hummingbird is really the only breeding species seen in the eastern part of the country, so identifying them is quite easy. The males are absolutely beautiful with their green feathered wings and ruby red throats. During the spring, these tiny birds will make their nests using lichen, fiber, and spider webs or pine resin which hold them together like glue. The nests are only about the size of a large thimble and this is where the female will lay 1-3 eggs during spring. You may want to put out your hummingbird feeders by the last week of April. You can even make your own nectar by combining one part sugar to four parts boiling water. Let it cool before filling the feeder. So easy!
What’s spring like in Massachusetts?
The first signs of spring mark the end of the gray, drab, freezing winter months and warmer weather on the horizon. The snow and ice melt (if there’s anything left), flowers start their bloom, hibernating animals start to make an appearance, and birds begin migrating north again. April is usually rainy with average daytime temperatures of 51°-59°F and nighttime is still a bit cold, averaging 32°-41°F. But, don’t worry, May starts to warm up with average highs around 66°F and lows around 50°F.
Where are some beautiful places to hike in Massachusetts?
The Bay State has a diverse landscape between the Appalachian Mountains to the flatter coastal plains. If you want a tough but oh-so-scenic hike, head to Mount Holyoke in Hadley where you will be rewarded with epic views after the climb. If you want a hike without much exertion, go to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport. Along a flatter trail, you’ll see a diverse environment with beach, dunes, forest, marsh, and cranberry bogs. For more incredibly scenic hikes, visit our previous article: These 13 Hiking Spots In Massachusetts Are Completely Out Of This World.