My gardening companion first spotted a male ruby-throated hummingbird on the feeder on Friday evening (April 1). We saw him yesterday visiting the feeder, too.
Today, I saw him (I'm assuming it was the same bird) 'hawking' insects from a perch on the big Southern Red Oak near the house.
It's hard not to think that somehow this is a fellow that remembers our feeder. But he's probably taking a rest and fueling up for more traveling north. (Hummingbirds often return the same site, but it's pretty early for that -- this is normally early male scout time).
We have red buckeyes (Aesculus pavia) and coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) in full flower now, so there's nectar available, too.
I just saw a swallowtail (probably a black morph tiger swallowtail) visiting the Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) out my study window. Lots of Tiger Swallowtails are out now.