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Journey South News

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

Week #11: November 1, 2013
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: October 25, 2013
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: October 18, 2013
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: October 11, 2013
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: October 4, 2013
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: September 27, 2013
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: September 20, 2013
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: September 13, 2013
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: September 6, 2013
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: August 30, 2013
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

Week #1: August 23, 2013
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

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Image: Vicky Floyd