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Fall 2014 Fridays: August 22 - October 31, 2014
Juvenile male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Week #10: October 24, 2014
Numbers and sightings continue to drop, with just 198 hummingbirds—about half as many as last week—reported by Journey South observers. Most of those hummers were found between 29-31 degrees latitude. Migration is tapering off as hummers wing their way to the tropics.

Image: Kathryn Figueroa

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird nectaring at salvia plant

Week #9: October 17, 2014
A big dip in sightings signals a slowdown in the journey south. This week brought just half the number of reports and almost 60% fewer hummers than last week. Most reports are single-bird sightings, and many people are reporting their latest hummingbirds ever.

Image: Deborah Repasz

Hummingbird at blossom

Week #8: October 10, 2014
While rain and wind stalled hummingbirds in some areas, tail winds helped push the northerners south in two distinct waves. Very few hummers now remain above 43 N.

Image: Pamela Karlson

Hummingbird among yellow trumpet flowers

Week #7: October 3, 2014
Single-bird reports dominated in a week when both hummer sightings and numbers took a dive. Observers reported more random and less frequent sightings as October cool fronts and showers sent hummers south. Keep your feeders up: Stragglers are sure to come.

Image: Deborah Repasz

Hummingbird on branch among blossoms

Week #6: September 26, 2014
Sightings are fewer and farther between in the north, and hummers are still arriving at the Gulf Coast. The migration's leading edge has not changed much from 41-42 degrees, but the number of reports (and therefore number of total hummers seen by our observers) is down 35% from last week.
Image: Patrick Hughes

Hummer nectaring at blossom Week #5: September 19, 2014
The southward push continues! Having led the way south, males now represent just over 10 percent of sightings reported. Hummer numbers are building in the mid latitudes and also near the Gulf Coast. Once there, will the tiny birds continue over land—or over sea?
Image: Russ Thompson
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Week #4: September 12, 2014
Along the migration trail, observers report male departures and signs that females and juveniles are preparing to go. With temperatures dropping to unseasonable lows an exodus from the north should soon follow. Meanwhile, southerners are starting to see the BIG numbers of peak migration.
Image: Amy Evoniuk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Week #3: September 5, 2014
Migration is building as more and more hummers head south. Summer residents are moving on and new visitors are stopping briefly at flowers and feeders. Also this week, the first report from Mexico of a Rubythroat migrating through. Meanwhile, the Gulf states are readying for massive arrivals.
Image: Glenna from Mississauga, Ontario
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Week #2: August 29, 2014
As August ends, observers in the north are already seeing fewer adult males. The females and juveniles left behind now face less competition for food. Fall-blooming flowers like spotted jewelweed are providing essential fuel for migration.
Image: Kristy Walker

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Week #1: August 22, 2014
Report your observations as hummingbirds travel from your backyard to their wintering grounds. With your help, we'll make a migration map to show where hummingbirds are present from August through November.
Image: Amy Evoniuk

Archived Seasons
Two male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

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Image: Vicky Floyd