The spring bird migration was about a week ahead of schedule here in Portal until we reached the first part of March. Two things have influenced our bird migration. First we are having a cold spell that has lasted about 5 days now. We have had some early hummingbirds in the canyon mostly the Broad-tailed Hummingbird and a report of a Magnificent Hummingbird.
The other thing that has influenced the birds in the area has been a large fire. The Hog Fire is over 16,000 acres. The fire is now 50% contained thanks to Mother Nature and hard working firefighters. Mother Nature gave us about 2/3 of an inch of rain over night and the wind is down today. The fire is in the Peloncillo Mountains southeast of Portal, but the smoke has found us. Neither the birds or the local residents were enjoying the smoke. Hopefully the hummingbird migration will be in full swing next week. We will keep you posted.