As spring advances, sunlight increases and a host of natural events are set in motion. Temperatures rise, ice melts, soil warms, plants grow, flowers bloom, and hummingbirds return. Citizen scientists across North America are observing seasonal changes and reporting their hummingbird sightings.
Track Spring Migration: February - June
Join us as we track the migration of hummingbirds traveling north from their wintering grounds.
- Weekly migration news: February 23 - June 1, 2018
- Real-time maps
- Field notes from observers
- Photo galleries and video clips
- Articles and slideshows
- Journal pages
Report Your Sightings:
Which species of hummingbirds do you see in the spring?
- Ruby-throated: Eastern U.S. and Canada
When Ruby-throats return
to their breeding grounds, they will have
completed a remarkable journey back from Mexico and Central
This species is the only hummingbird commonly found in eastern North America.
- Rufous: Western U.S. and Canada
hummingbird travels the farthest north of any hummingbird — all the way to Alaska.
- Other Species: Western U.S. and Canada
Hummingbird diversity is far greater in the west than in the east. Western regions have 14 of the 15 species commonly found in the U.S. and Canada.