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Hummingbird News: April 8, 2015
By Mary Hosier
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Ruby-throats zipped north to 41°N this week, and Rufous hummingbirds have begun to migrate into eastern Washington. North Americans are buzzing with excitement.

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Special Winter Visitor Don Dorton

Highlights: Ruby-throat Migration in Full Swing
Over 150 sightings of Ruby-throats were reported this week, a sign that the migration is in full swing. Monday a Ruby-throated humingbird zipped up the Atlantic Coast to Branford, Connecticut (41°N), a full week ahead of last year's sightings. With favorable southwest winds we're sure to see similar reports as the week progresses.

"A male Ruby-throat arrived at 2pm today at my hummingbird feeder site. Had a five-minute feeding bout." Bradford, Connecticut 04/06/15

Rufous Arriving in North and Headed East
The first signs of the Rufous' eastward migration began with a sighting this week in Spokane, Washington. Along the northern Alaskan Panhandle multiple sightings have been reported.

"Normal month for hummers to arrive. I put up the feeder and he arrived within a couple hours. Herring and hummingbirds show up at the same time each year." Haines, Alaska 04/04/15

Flower-powered Migrants
Hummingbirds are not the only animals who are migrating into North America right now, eating nectar as they travel.

"I had a very special first this year. It is the first year that I saw my first hummingbird and my first Monarch butterfly on the same day."  Justin, Texas 04/04/15

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First Male
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Alaska sightings
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Monarchs & Hummingbirds
Bud Hensley
Spotlight: Answers from the Hummingbird Expert
What is a buzzy "mating shuttle"? How do I keep ants off my feeders? What can I plant to bloom in early spring for the hummers? Find answers to these questions and more. Lanny Chambers
Tracking Migration: Maps
Hummingbird Migration: What to Report

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