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Incoming Hummingbirds Can Brighten Any Home


Joe Schneid, Louisville, Kentucky, via

A male ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) guarding his territory from the top of a tomato stake. He will chase off any other hummingbirds that try to feed in "his" area.

In coming days and weeks, some exotic travelers will be pouring into Pennsylvania, invading our communities and speeding around farm country.

But they carry no epidemiological surprises and their presence is welcomed. They make almost every homeowner a little more comfortable, even under our current stay-at-home mandate.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are one of Pennsylvania's surest signs that spring is upon us. Their typical annual arrival is right around May 1. But in early springs, like this year's, there are always a few brave souls that plunge north over the Mason-Dixon well before other...

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