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nectaring Spring 2014: Wednesdays: Feb. 5 - June 11, 2014

April 16, 2014
Hummingbirds are on the move. Rufous are moving east into the Rocky Mountains while ruby-throats are headed up the Atlantic Coast.

Photo: Jack Moskovita

North Carolina hummer

April 9, 2014
High winds brought an unexpected hummingbird to South Dakota. Hummingbird migration continues to advance this week.

Photo: Debra Hopkins

Nectaring in CA

April 2, 2014
With the calendar turning to April, the migration is in full swing. Watch the maps and get your feeders ready.

Photo: Jack Moskovita

Nectaring in CA

March 26, 2014
Over 100 first rubythroat and rufous sightings came in this week — including one from a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico!

Photo: Allison Heater

Nectaring in CA

March 19, 2014
Rufous hummingbirds crossed into Canada this week while ruby-throats are just beginning to move northward.

Photo: Sarah Mayhew

humm in NJ

March 12, 2014
With one week until the spring equinox, birds are on the move. Hummingbird spotters will be rewarded for full feeders when their earliest migrants arrive.

Photo: TJ Wallace

humm in NJ

March 5, 2014
Excitement abounds as hummingbirds slowly continue to arrive in coastal areas.

Photo: C. Pascoe

by land or by sea?

February 26, 2014
The first migrating ruby-throated hummingbirds have arrived in Gulf Coast states. This week, explore the migration route and think about how prevailing winds affect migration.

Photo: Russ Thompson

humm in NJ

February 19, 2014
What flying jewels can be seen right now along the Pacific Coast? Follow along on a trip to tropical Costa Rica where rubythroats go during the cold northern winter.

Photo: John Doerper

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

February 5, 2014
Welcome to our 21st season! While we wait for the start of the spring migration, watch the maps for sightings reported during this in-between season.

Photo: Kenneth Drake

Sign on hummingird feeder: Gone South for Winter! Fall 2013: August 30 - November 1, 2013

Week #11: Seeing Hummingbirds?
Fewer than 100 new sighting reports signals the end of migration is near. Stragglers, however, were reported in 23 states and 4 provinces, with a late male Rubythroat setting a record in Quebec. Keep feeders up!
Image: Michael Martin

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at blossoms Week #10: Seeing Hummingbirds?
Hummingbird sightings are getting sparse. Any Rubythroats seen now are likely the later hatchers of summer. Keep your feeders to give latecomers a chance, and explore an adaptation that helps tiny hummers survive fall's cold temps.
Image: Deborah Repasz
Female Anna's Hummingbird Week #9: Seeing Hummingbirds?
Many observers report surprise at seeing hummingbirds so late! Fewer sightings suggest the migration is nearing the end. This week, discover which species you might expect to see in your locale.
Image: John Doerper
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Week #8: Seeing Hummingbirds?
Hummer sightings are down: One sighting from Canada this week and mainly one-bird sightings elsewhere sum up Week #8. They're still heading south, and it's time to explore the wintering grounds in Costa Rica!
Image: Russ Thompson
Ruby-throated Hummingbird landing on feeder

Week #7: Seeing Hummingbirds?
Early October sightings dipped 30 percent after September's peak numbers. Texas again led in number of reports and largest sightings, while all observers noted migration pig-out, this week's topic!
Image: T. J. Wallace

Ruby-throated Hummingbird nectaring at blossoms Week #6: Seeing Hummingbirds?
Sightings are fewer and farther between in the north and hummers are still arriving at the Gulf Coast. Texas topped all states for the week's sightings. It's time to explore how hummers reach Mexico and Central and South America!
Image: Cheryl Roudebush
Hummingbird at flowers Week #5: Seeing Hummingbirds?
From feeder wars to strange visitors, it's been a week of frenzied eating as the southward push continues. This week, see our feeder tips for fall migration.
Image: Linda Tully Pontius
Female Rufous Hummingbird Week #4: Seeing Hummingbirds?
You added nearly 2,000 sightings to the migration map this week! With many hummingbirds still in the north and big numbers streaming southward, there's a lot of competition at nectar sources.
Image: Arnulfo Moreno
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird Week #3: Seeing Hummingbirds?
We have our first report of a Rubythroat in Mexico! Many places in the U.S. and Canada are still seeing males and females, but fewer males in the north than last week. Observers share tips to help hummers along.
Image: Arnulfo Moreno
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Week #2: Seeing Hummingbirds?
It's the end of August and hummers are on the move! Fewer males are in the north and hungry migrants are arriving in the south. Some observers believe they're seeing fewer this year, but all are enjoying the show!
Image: Sarah Mayhew

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Seeing Hummingbirds?
Get ready to 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: Tom Ernst

Archived Seasons
Two male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Explore previous migration seasons:

Image: Vicky Floyd