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Journey North News: Spring 2007

Posted Thursdays: Feb. 8, 22, Mar. 1*, 8, 15*,22, 29*, Apr. 5, 12*, 19, 26*, May 3, 10*, 17*, 24*, 31*, June 7* (* Migration Data Only)

FINAL Hummingbird Migration Update: June 7, 200
They're here at last! Dedicated hummingbird spotters are celebrating the arrival of the hummers in their summer territory. It's been a great year tracking the edge of spring. Take a closer look at the migration maps we have collected as North America warms and spring arrives in the north. And, a BIG thank you for reporting the hummer's arrival in your neighborhood.

Photo: Ed Robertson
Hummingbird Migration Update: May 31, 2007
Just a short update today to share the latest hummingbird maps and data. Take a close look at a hummingbird captured on film. What can you learn from close observation? Your sighting reports are filling in the maps as these little birds complete their incredible journeys north.
Are the hummers at the end of their trail?

Photo: Ed Robertson
Hummingbird Migration Update: May 24, 2007
Just a short update today to share the latest hummingbird maps and data. Your sighting reports are filling in the maps as these little birds complete their incredible journeys north.
How long will it be until they reach the end of their trail?



Photo: Ed Robertson
Hummingbird Migration Update: May 17, 2007
Another 164 new sightings push the rubythroats into new territory in Canada this past week. Our week-by-week animation reveals a dramatic push for the rufous hummers, too. Study the maps this week and you decide if these 2 species have come face to face yet in their northern breeding grounds. Join us this week for another short update, read the action news, and keep your eyes and ears peeled for hummingbirds!

Photo: Damon Calderwood >
Hummingbird Migration Update: May 10, 2007
Our week-by-week animation reveals that the Rubythroats are still surging northward. But word has it, they're nearing the homestretch! So are the Rufous hummers. They're moving east to dine on mountain wildflowers which — come mid-summer — will fuel their journey back south! Join us this week for a short update, enjoy some amazing nest photos, and above all, keep your eyes and ears peeled for hummingbirds!

Photo: Damon Calderwood >
Hummingbird Migration Update: May 3, 2007
The early birds may already be nesting, but the rest of the migration is at its peak. More than 120 observers saw a flood of Rubythroats checking out feeders, blooms, and even a flower painting! An observer far north in Alaska says that Rufous hummingbirds have "blown in" to that region. Keep your eyes peeled for action in your neighborhood. In the meantime, enjoy a birds-eye view of mama hummers and fuzzy nestlings in this week's slideshows.

Photo: James Down
Hummingbird Migration Update: April 26, 2007
Rubythroats rushed forward this week like there was no time to waste! Observers saw them darting, blasting, seeking nectar, and preparing for the next big life stage. In the West, the Rufous hummingbird migration seems to be shifting inland a bit. Explore this — and more — in today's short update. Then come back next week for a close-up visit with cozy hummer nestlings.

Photo: Wayne Owen
Hummingbird Migration Update: April 19, 2007
Hit again! Rubythroats had to contend with another big storm and freeze last week. But a new batch of sightings and our expert's report reveal that these tiny creatures are survivors. Meanwhile, Alaskan observers report blueberry buds, bumblebees, and Rufous hummers north of Juneau. What's next for hummingbirds that have found territories and mates? This week's slideshow reveals some secrets!

Photo: Suzanne DeJohn
Hummingbird Migration Update: April 12, 2007
Frozen! That's how some of the Ruby-throated hummingbird's favorite plants looked this week! Temperatures went from balmy to the big chill in just a few days, and the migration barely crept forward. How could this affect their survival? News was better from the West coat: Rufous hummers arrived in Alaska! Was it really the big leap it appears to be? Explore this and more in today's short update.

Photo: Ed Robertson
Hummingbird Migration Update: April 5, 2007
Balmy weather last week in the East brought a flood of Rubythroats! But Rufous hummingbirds out West seem to be stopped in their tracks just north of the border. Throughout the hummer world, males are on a manic mission: set up territories, defend them from would-be thieves, and impress a mate. Watch their antics in this week's slideshow!

Photo: R. Hays Cummins
Hummingbird Migration Update: March 29, 2007
What's the buzz? That's the sound of hummingbirds filling our skies — and maps! Rubythroats made a huge push northward this week, cruising into at least seven new states. Was yours one of them? What do you think spurred them on? Explore this in today's quick news update, watch the migrations come to life on our animated maps, and keep your eyes and ears peeled for hummers in your neighborhood!

Photo: Bob Moule
Hummingbird Migration Update: March 22, 2007
When the rains let up on the Gulf Coast last week, Rubythroats surged ahead: 96 new reports this week! Some Alaskan students saw that Rufous hummers have reached Canada, and wondered when they'll see their first. Meet them this week! Also watch a slideshow to discover how birds with brains no bigger than M&Ms fuel their long migrations and acrobatics.
Hummingbird Migration Update: March 15, 2007
Rufous hummingbirds crossed the line into British Columbia this week! Ruby-throated hummingbirds are lined up along the Gulf coast. Why are the rufous so much farther north at this time of year? View today’s slide show to find out more! Just a quick update today to share the news and the latest maps and data. Watch for a full update next week - and keep watching and listening for hummingbirds!

Photo: Graham Matthews
Hummingbird Migration Update: March 8, 2007
The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are here, and boy, are they hungry! It's already been a long journey . . . but it's only just begun for us. How did the hardy hummers make it to the Gulf coast? This week, explore their risky route and predict where they're going. Also, watch our new slideshow and find out what the creature in this photo has to do with hummingbird migration!

Photo: C. Pascoe
Hummingbird Migration Update: March 1, 2007
The migration season is underway! Many excited spotters reported in on the same day this week! Check out the map and read the reports coming in from along the Gulf coast. Just a quick update today to share the news and the latest maps and data. Watch for a full update next week - and keep watching and listening for hummingbirds!

Photo: Deborah Repasz
Hummingbird Migration Update: February 22, 2007
A handful of scattered reports dot our hummingbird maps. Have the migrations really started, or is something else at work? Maybe some of these nectar-sipping, insect-eating creatures found what they need to get through the winter north of the border. This week, watch a slideshow and discover how one hummer gets by in a backyard habitat. Is your schoolyard habitat ready for the migration? Explore!

Photo: Ed Robertson
Hummingbird Migration Update: February 8, 2007
Most hummingbirds are still on warm wintering grounds south of the U.S. border, but our maps reveal that some are on the move. Soon they'll head north, flying hundreds or thousands of miles to our gardens, meadows, and feeders. Why do these tiny creatures make the long hard trip each spring? Join us this week as we explore this question and discover some of the secrets of hummingbird migration!

Photo: Dorothy Edgington

Join us in February!
Beginning February 8th, weekly SPRING MIGRATION UPDATES will be posted here every Thursday, from February to June.

Get ready to track the migration! Hummingbirds will move north to nest and travel across the continent. Find out how to report your sightings and track the migration on real-time migration maps. >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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