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Fall 2014 Fridays: August 22 - October 31, 2014
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