Tonight just as we were sitting down to dinner, a male Rufous Hummingbird visited our feeder for the first time in 2011. I've been out looking for them in good patches of salmon berry in the past week, with no success. Today's date, March 28, is the latest I have ever noted them arriving on Vancouver Island, in the 16 years I have been keeping notes here. In the lowlands around Parksville, March 18 is about normal for an arrival date. What a winter we have had, and still appear to be having!