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Hummingbird News: May 21, 2014
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As the hummingbird migration continues, more Canadians are welcoming North America's smallest backyard birds. Image of the Week
building the nest
Nesting Season
Nathaniel Flinchum
News: Getting Down to Business
What a week for migration! With limited time to find a territory and a mate, and raise their young, birds are getting down to business.

Rufous Move into Alberta
Rufous now being observed in Alberta as migration progresses toward their eastern edge. In Alaska one witness observed a male in courtship display.

"One male rufous and two females observed."
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta  05/19/14

Ruby-Throats Push Further into Canada
Ruby-throats have pushed northwest into Sasketchewan and Alberta. They've also been spotted in the northern reaches of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and along the north shorelines of the Great Lakes.

"Spotted one male and one female, possibly two females. Nesting in a thicket of wild roses and other shrubs behind my fence."
Halifax, Nova Scotia 05/16/14

Western Species Highlights
Many hummingbird species are sighted in Western states and Provinces, but often they are only passing through on their way to higher ground.

"Black-chinned male at our feeder this morning. We consider ourselves cafe-on-the-way to the mountains for many species. We have only half a dozen pairs stay all summer, but dozens during migrations."
Rigby, Idaho  05/17/14

Baltimore oriole
Mating Display
Jeffrey Popenhagen Jr
 
Baltimore oriole
Saskatchewan
Don Kondra
 
black-chinned hummingbird
Black-Chinned
Compare Migrations: Ruby-throated Hummers and Monarchs
Ruby-throated hummingbirds and monarchs are both migrating north right now. Which species migrates north more quickly? What makes the migrations different?
Compare and contrast the two species.
comparison chart
Maps: Tracking Migration
Robin Migration: What to Report

Hummingbird Migration Map: Ruby-throated Hummingbird Hummingbird Migration Map: Rufous Hummingbird
What to Report Ruby-throated
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Rufous
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Other Species
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Nectaring
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Other Observations
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