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Hummingbird News: June 4, 2014
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Between feeder visits, hummingbirds are gathering natural nectar and catching bugs to fuel them up this summer. Image of the Week
nectaring on primrose flowers
Natural Nectar
Carolyn Misener
News: Rufous Meets Rubythroat
This week Canadian observers reported rubythroat and rufous hummingbirds arriving together. Their locations mark the spot where the two species meet at the end of their migration trails.

"Rufous showed early morning to the feeder and about an hour later a rubythroat arrived." Egremont, Alberta, Canada 05/27/14

Where did my hummers go?
This spring you watched the migration maps, got your feeders ready, and watched the hummingbirds' return with great excitement. Now it's early-June and it seems they've virtually disappeared.

"I live between DC and Baltimore. I had a male and female visit my feeders in early May for two weeks. Since then nothing." Laurel, Maryland 06/01/14

Hummingbird expert Lanny Chambers says this happens each year. Now is the time when females are tending to nests, often built in secluded areas. Their chicks need a diet of high protein insects and spiders, so females often leave the feeders to the males during this time.

"Saw a tiny hummingbird in the woods. Why don't they ever come to my nectar feeder?" Pittsburg, PA 05/27/14

Lanny continues, "After the chicks fledge, expect the number of hummers at your feeders to be double what it was earlier."

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Breeding Ranges Merge
 
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Keep Feeders Full
Juanita Whittecar
 
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Whether you see your first hummingbird or notice nectaring or other behaviors, we want to know about it. Maps will be up through the summer.
Explore: Nectar Sources
The natural nectar in flowers provides a portion of the food many hummingbirds rely on. This nectar is composed mainly of sugars (sucrose, glucose, and fructose) and water with a tiny amount of protein. Here is a small selection of the kinds of flowers you've reported as nectar sources for hummingbirds.

weigela flower lilac flower columbine
Weigela Lilac Columbine
hibiscus flower black and blue salvia firecracker flower
Hibiscus Black and Blue Salvia Firecracker
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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tnail of other species map nectar map Hummingbird Migration Map: Other Species
Other Species
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Nectaring
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Other Observations
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