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Migration Winding Down
The number of hummingbird reports continues to drop and single-bird sightings continue to dominate. More...

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Bud Hensley  Middleton, OH  10/04/15
Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding at blooms of salvia dichlamys 'Scarlet Rooster Sage'.
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Hummingbird Migration News
Fall 2015

Watch this season's story unfold.
Hummingbird in flight Hummingbird in flight

Get Ready

Report your observations this fall as hummingbirds migrate from your backyard to their wintering grounds.

Tracking Begins
August 21, 2015

Track migration this fall as hummingbirds travel to their wintering grounds from your backyard.

Fueling Up
August 28, 2015

With males leaving first, females and juveniles face less competition for food.

Hummingbird Migration News: Fall 2015

Finding Stopovers
September 4, 2015

As hummingbirds travel south, they must find places to rest and refuel.

Increasing in the South
September 11, 2015

More and more ruby-throated hummingbirds are arriving in areas near the Gulf Coast.

Stacking Up at the Coast
September 18, 2015

Peak migration continues
at the Gulf Coast.

Hummingbird Migration News: Fall 2015 Hummingbird Migration News: Fall 2015 Hummingbird Migration News: Fall 2015

Pushing South
September 25, 2015

Hummers pushing south as days become shorter and temperatures fall.

Traveling with Winds
October 2, 2015

As number of sightings decreases, be on the lookout for stragglers.

Vacating the North
October 9, 2015

Migration winding down. Single-bird sightings continue to dominate.


Spring 2015

winter rubythroat
winter rubythroat winter rubythroat

Time for Tracking
February 4, 2015

All hummingbirds do not go to Central America in the winter. While we wait for the start of the spring migration, watch the maps for sightings reported during this in-between season.

Arriving Soon
February 18, 2015

Winter might feel like it's here to stay, but the Ruby-throats will be arriving soon. Watch the map for the first sightings for spring 2015.

They're Here!
February 25, 2015

The first migrating Ruby-throated hummingbirds have arrived in Gulf Coast states, right on time. Do they come by land or by sea?

ruby-throat on honeysuckle
ruby-throat on honeysuckle ruby-throat on honeysuckle

Looking for Blooms
March 4, 2015

Hungry hummingbirds continue to arrive along the Gulf Coast looking for spring blooms.

Making Advances
March 11, 2015

Rufous migration advances into Canada while Ruby-throats continue to hug Gulf Coast states.

Held Back
March 18, 2015

Ruby-throated hummingbirds should make a dramatic move northward in the week ahead. Bad weather has been holding them back.

ruby-throat on honeysuckle nectaring hummer sapsucker

Rufous Reach Alaska
March 25, 2015

Rufous Hummingbirds have reached Alaska at latitude 58°N while Ruby-throats hover at 35°N.

Favorable Winds
April 1, 2015

Hummingbirds are on the move. Southern winds and warmer temperatures heated up migration this week. Nesting season has begun!

North to 41°N
April 8, 2015

Ruby-throats zipped north to 41°N this week, and Rufous hummingbirds have begun to migrate into eastern Washington. North Americans are buzzing with excitement.

male hummer
male hummer
male hummer

Males in the Lead
April 15, 2015

With males in the lead, Ruby-throats reach the shores of Lake Erie, and Rufous hummingbirds advanced eastward.

Females Arrive
April 22, 2015

Male hummingbirds begin their courtship rituals in the spring shortly after females arrive.

Migration Steady
April 29, 2015

Along the trail, flowers and feeders are providing nectar to fuel the migration. Watch the maps and get your feeders ready!

ruby-throat up close
Rufous on nest Rufous on nest

North to 49°N
May 6, 2015

Hundreds were excited this week to report their first Ruby-throat as the migration advanced north to 49°N.

Mating and Nesting
May 13, 2015

Females are arriving into male territories. It's time for mating and nest building.

Rubies Meet Rufous
May 20, 2015

East meets west as Ruby-throat and Rufous migrations intersect in Alberta, Canada this week. Watch the maps to see what happens next.

Rufous on nest

Hummingbird in flight

Track Migration as a Citizen Scientist!
You're invited to help track migration each fall and spring
as hummingbirds travel to and from their wintering grounds.

Keep Reporting!
June 3, 2015

Hummingbirds have come to the end of their migration trails. Whether you see your first hummingbird, or notice nectaring or other behaviors, please report. Maps will be up through the summer.


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