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Hummingbird News: March 26, 2014
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Over 100 first rubythroat and rufous sightings came in this week — including one from a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico! Image of the Week
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Rescued at Sea
News: Surprising Stopover and First Sightings
Refuge on the Gulf
One hundred miles off the coast of Louisiana, research scientist Allison Heater welcomed some surprise visitors. On March 22nd, 3 or 4 hummingbirds found refuge on the research vessel, Atlantis. "After spotting the hummingbirds we quickly rigged up some sugar water feeders."

They're Back
Rubythroats have moved up into Tennessee, North Carolina, and Missouri this week. "Woo-hoo, finally first of the season," exclaimed a Louisiana spotter this week.

Greenwood, South Carolina
"Put a feeder out on 3/21/14 and saw my first hummer this evening at 7:30pm. Couldn't tell if it was male or female, but do know this... They're back! Soon my backyard will be buzzing!" 03/24/14

Knoxville, Tennessee
"Male ruby-throat at feeder, one week earlier than last year." 03/24/14

Jonesboro, Georgia
"Male ruby throat! He was so hungry...visited feeder all day. Ate and ate!" 03/23/14

Rufous first sightings continue to be reported from California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

Zigzag, Oregon
"Looked out the back door and a male rufous was looking in! Got my feeders out in a hurry." 03/20/14

Nectaring in CA
Refuge on the Gulf
Allison Heater
 
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Resident Meets Migrant
Ronnie Sherrill
 
icey feeder
Dogfight at the Feeder
Photo: John Doerper
Slideshow: Fueling Migration
Hummers use a lot of fuel to keep their wings beating up to 200 times a second. Explore the many kinds of food they need and how they are able to conserve energy for their long migrations. Fueling Migration Slideshow
Maps: Tracking Migration
Robin Migration: What to Report

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Next Update April 2, 2014
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