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Migration Update: August 27, 2010
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Week #2: Still Seeing Hummingbirds? Let Us Know!
During the past week, 842 people from Alaska to Florida shared their hummingbird observations. Thank you, citizen scientists! A picture of fall migration across North America is beginning to emerge.

Please Report Weekly:
If you see hummingbirds any time, please let us know. Report frequently—but at least once a week—as long as hummers are present.

 

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You can read all of the observations people have submitted at this link. Here are some of the highlights:

Males are disappearing in the north:

  • "Our male has been gone a few days," noted an observer in Moretown, Vermont on Thursday. "Lots of juveniles and a pot-bellied female remain."

Males are appearing in the south!

  • "A male hummingbird has taken over my yard! He has claimed both of my feeders as his own and is chasing another hummer from my yard. This is the same exact behavior I witnessed last August," wrote Mr. Fitzmaurice from McKinney, Texas.
  • "We are once again seeing more males and we assume that many of these are migrating birds," reported the McGuinness family from Fairfax, Virginia.

Hungry families are left behind:

  • Don't misjudge the male hummingbird as a poor father for leaving early. After he's gone, the mothers and juveniles can feed without competing with him for food. This is their time to get ready for migration.

Nobody is sharing!

  • Eating is serious business. People saw "warfare," "combat," "dogfights," and "aerial ballet," as the tiny hummingbirds fueled up for their journey.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their first-hand, backyard observations of North America's favorite birds! Please continue to tell us what you see.

 

Next week's "Have You Seen a Hummingbird?" reminder will be posted on September 2nd.

 

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