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Hummingbird News: May 7, 2014
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It's May and hummingbirds are reaching for the northernmost parts of their vast breeding range. Are you seeing courtship, mating, and nesting behavior? Image of the Week
rufous male
Canada Bound
Jack Moskovita
News: Arriving with Orioles
The first week of May has brought an explosion of hummingbird sightings pushing the leading edge of the ruby-throat migration up to 45°N.

Ruby-Throats
Keep your eyes open and your feeders filled! Favorable migration conditions are forecast early this week, then low pressure in the East will ground hummers for your viewing.

Orioles
Along with this week's numerous first hummingbird sightings came a great number of excited oriole observers.

"Once I saw the winds shift last night, I knew this morning would bring my first male Baltimore oriole!" Victoria, Minnesota   05/05/14

Rufous Spread East
Meanwhile rufous continue pushing east with numerous sightings in Montana and central British Columbia this week.

"Heard a humming bird flying around outside as soon as I put my feeder out today."
East Glacier Park, Montana  05/02/14

Western Species Highlights
Black-chinned, calliope, Anna's, and broad-tailed hummers continue to arrive in the west where sightings include one above 7,000 feet.

"I was watering a flower bed when I got buzzed by a hummingbird. I went in and filled the feeder and it came back. Female black chinned."
Middleton, Idaho  05/04/14

Baltimore oriole
Double Delight
Darlene Burgess
 
red dye alert
Red Dye Alert
Russell Depetrillo
 
black-chinned hummer
Black-Chinned
Barbara Hamel
Slideshow: A Hummingbird Nest
A female hummingbird has been busy collecting soft and strong materials for her nest. Now she is about to lay tiny, jellybean-sized eggs. You're invited to peek inside and welcome the nestlings into the world. Study each photograph and describe what you see. book

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