Ready or not, South Dakota – here they come! That’s right! The return of spring also means the arrival of hummingbirds in South Dakota. We know that spring is officially here when we see our first hummingbirds of the season. You might want to start looking for the best hummingbird feeders for your yard now before supplies are all gone! So just when do hummingbirds come back to South Dakota? We’ve got all the details here:

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Are you looking forward to seeing hummingbirds in South Dakota? Did you get a chance to see some of last year’s migration? Tell us about it (or share your photos) in the comments!

For even more springtime fun around the Mount Rushmore State, check out this article: Seeing The Arc Of Dreams Is The Perfect Way To End Your Evening In Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Hummingbird Migration in South Dakota

What types of hummingbirds are in South Dakota?

In South Dakota, typically, the only type of hummingbird you will find is the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. They are characterized by white underparts, a green back, and a ruby red throat. The tail is what distinguishes the females from the males. Also, the females weigh significantly less at 0.13 ounces, while the males typically weigh 12 ounces. They're among our favorite birds to see in South Dakota.

 

When should I hang a hummingbird feeder in South Dakota?

The best time to leave out hummingbird feeders in South Dakota is mid-May or about a week or so before their projected first arrival. Make sure that the environment around the feeder is peaceful and conducive for them to feed and if that can be in a garden with plants attractive to hummingbirds, all the better. Also be sure to place it high enough that other animals can’t reach it.

 

Is it safe to feed hummingbirds in South Dakota?

There are currently no official warnings against feeding hummingbirds in South Dakota. The main thing is to provide as much nectar as you can (again, if that can be in a garden with plants attractive to hummingbirds, all the better), and be sure that the area where you have the feeder will be most conducive for their daily activities. Cleaning the feeder now and again may help protect them against catching any human-borne illnesses.