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Hummingbird News: April 30, 2014
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Once courtship is in full swing, hummingbirds will be busy with nest-building and the next generation. Image of the Week
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Alex Komarnitsky
News: Crossing Into Canada
Across the United States and Canada the first hummingbird sighting of the season continues to delight. Meanwhile in many locations hummingbirds are in various stages of setting up for nesting.

Ruby-throats in Canada
More ruby-throats moved north into Canada this week. They've crossed Lakes Ontario and Erie, and zipped north into New Brunswick. Wet weather may slow the northward push until later this week.

"After heavy rains yesterday and a nice shower this morning, a ruby-throated hummingbird joined us for lunch on the deck."
West Des Moines, Iowa   04/28/14

Rufous Spread East
Rufous continue to hold at 58°N latitude, with one sighting reported further inland near Juneau, Alaska. Also this week the first sightings were reported in Nevada.

"I put up feeders last week when I read they were in Rocky Mountains. I heard it before I saw it. They're back!"
Fallon, Nevada  04/25/14

Western Species Highlights
Calliope, black-chinned, rufous and broad-tailed hummingbirds continue to arrive at feeders in the west.

"I have 3 male black-chinned hummers and 1 female now feeding and fighting at the feeder. Seems like numbers are starting to grow."
El Paso, Texas  04/23/14

It can be very difficult to distinguish calliope from rufous females. Here's a close look at the female calliope.

nectaring
Tiny Nest
Dorothy Edgington


rufous at base of glacier
Moving Inland
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calliope female
Female ID
Christine Haines
Explore: Nest-Building
Kick off research about hummingbird nests by examining images from the photo gallery. Use the journal page to capture Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How? questions about nesting.

Explore Nest-building photo gallery

Maps: Tracking Migration
Robin Migration: What to Report

Hummingbird Migration Map: Ruby-throated Hummingbird Hummingbird Migration Map: Rufous Hummingbird
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Other Species
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