Keep Your Eyes Peeled, Thousands Of Hummingbirds Are Headed Right For South Carolina During Their Migration This Spring

Spring is just around the corner in the Palmetto State and with it comes the annual hummingbird migration north from overwintering spots in Florida, Mexico, southern Texas, and South America. So, when will hummingbirds arrive in South Carolina? During the month of March, thousands of them are expected to migrate to and through the state tracking as far north as Ontario for the breeding season.

Soon, it will be spring in South Carolina and with it, thousands of adorable hummingbirds will arrive! Have you spotted any migrating this year? According to the interactive map from, someone in or near Pickens reported seeing a female Ruby-throated hummingbird overwintering in the area. Did you see any spending the off-season in the Palmetto State? We’d love to know, so feel free to join the discussion!

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When Will Hummingbirds Arrive In South Carolina

February 26, 2021

When will hummingbirds arrive in South Carolina?

Some hummingbirds overwinter in the Palmetto State, so some people may have seen a few throughout the winter. However, the bulk of them arrives during their migration from Central America in March. The only breeding species seen along the eastern seaboard is the ruby-throated hummingbird which has green wings and red bands at the throat. These tiny creatures will start to build their nests in trees during the breeding season and each female will have a clutch of 1-3 eggs.

What’s spring like in South Carolina?

Spring is one of the best times to be in the Palmetto State! South Carolina has a subtropical climate that makes winters mild and short and the summers long, hot, and humid with July as the hottest (and wettest) month. But spring has mild, pleasant temperatures making it the best time of year to visit. Temperatures in March range from 43°F to 67°F, April’s temperatures are a bit warmer at 50°F to 75°F, and May heats up to 60°F to 83°F on average. May is also one of the driest months of the year.

Where are some beautiful places to hike in South Carolina?

The Palmetto State has quite the diversity of landscape allowing for varied hiking opportunities. The eastern part of the state has the Atlantic Coastal Plain and low-country area with salt marshes, bays, and the ocean where you can hike by the water. If you make your way to Sullivans Island located just outside of Charleston, you may decide to take the 0.6-mile Sullivans Island Nature Trail that will lead right to the beach! It may be a short hike, but it’s great for kids and absolutely gorgeous. Head to our article with a list of kid-friendly hikes for more. Traveling inland, you will find forests and the Blueridge Mountains which provide hikes with elevation and perhaps a waterfall along the way. If you love hiking, head to our article, 15 Trails In South Carolina You Must Take If You Love The Outdoors.

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