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Winds help predict migration

This map shows wind conditions on February 28, 2011 when conditions were perfect for hummingbird migration.

  • The symbols on the map, called "wind barbs," describe the direction the winds came from that day, and the wind's speed.
  • The first ruby-throated hummingbirds to cross were sighted along the Gulf Coast of Florida, Alabama, Texas and Mississippi during this time.
  • Ruby-throated hummingbirds leave their wintering grounds from the coast around Mexico's Yucatan Penninsula, and cross the Gulf of Mexico when winds are favorable.

Look at the wind barbs inside the yellow circle. These show winds out of the south at wind speeds of around 15 to 20 knots. Roll your cursor over the map to see Mexico's Yucatan penninsula.

* Predict when it is favorable for this year's migrations across the Gulf. View today's Real-Time NOAA wind map, then watch the Journey North map for new sightings along the coast!

crossing the Gulf