Hummingbird News: May 6, 2015
By Mary Hosier
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Hundreds were excited this week to report their first Ruby-throat as the migration advanced north to 49°N.
female at feeder
Close Up   Mary Gulasey

Highlights: Hundreds of Sightings
There was an EXPLOSION of sighting reports this week as the winds cooperated and Northeast states finally had warm weather. Ruby-throats moved north into Nova Scotia and crossed Lake Superior into Ontario.

"We put up the feeder one week ago when we got word they had crossed into Canada. We had been waiting and watching."
05/05/15 Dublin, Ontario

"Hummingbirds always arrive on Manitoulin Island during the full moon in May, and will depart during the dark of the moon in Sept. This has been the case for the last 26 years."
05/03/15 Manitowaning, Ontario

Rufous Reach 61°N
This week Rufous hummingbirds arrived at 61°N, close to the northernmost edge of their breeding range.

"While I was admiring Adonis, the bald eagle, at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a little hummingbird, shining like an emerald in the sun, suddenly flew in and hovered around for about 30 seconds! It was so amazing to see the size difference between these two beautiful birds! Wow - What a gift!"
05/03/15 Girdwood, Alaska

Western Species Highlights
Several mountain states are host to both winter residents and summer migrants.

"Saw our first Broad-tailed and Black-chinned today." 05/02/15 Draper, Utah

video: hummer tongue action
They're Back
Bo Teller
Ruby nectaring on flower
Spring Nectar
Dawn Vezina
Sharon Phibbs
Journal: Keep Track of Feeder Fills
Keep track of the nectar hummingbirds are consuming at your feeders this summer. You might be surprised to learn not only how much they consume, but also how their life cycle is related to eating patterns throughout the season. feeder chart
Tracking Migration: Maps
Hummingbird Migration: What to Report

Hummingbird Migration Map: Ruby-throated Hummingbird Hummingbird Migration Map: Rufous Hummingbird
What to Report Ruby-throated
map | animation | sightings
map | animation | sightings
tnail of other species map Hummingbird Migration Map: Other Observations nectaring map
Other Species
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Other Observations
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map | list
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