Hummingbirds now migrating back to the Midwest

Hummingbird fans may start planning thanks to birdwatchers across and a website to unite them.

I think it's fantastic for people that want animals in their yards. Horticulture Specialist Robert Balek said they can better predict when these magnificent birds will return to our area.

On Hummingbird Central, anyone who sees the season's first hummingbirds can mark the location and record the species.

This makes it easy to track the bird’s spring migration back into the United States.

Hummingbirds return to the Midwest around late March, according to Balek. Hummingbird spotters in Arkansas report seeing the fast-flying birds return two or three weeks earlier than usual.

"You wouldn't see native vegetation without these birds. Hummingbirds are vital to other species. Plants wouldn't support other species without bird reproduction. Balek remarked they all appear important in the big picture.

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