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Spring Migration 2016
Watch the spring migration story unfold.
 
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February - June

Rufous in winter

Get Ready

Track migration as hummingbirds travel to their breeding grounds.

 

Welcome!
February 19, 2016

This week we'll examine what experts are saying about western birds wintering in the U.S.

 
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Waiting for Tailwinds
February 26, 2016

Ruby-throated hummingbirds wait for tailwinds to help them cross the Gulf of Mexico. During this time they're fueling up; often doubling their weight in body fat for the trip north.

Aaaand...We're Off!
March 4, 2016

First Ruby-throat sightings in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi came in this week. Watch the Gulf region as winds shift from north to south bringing pulses of birds across from Mexico.

Arriving Along the Coast
March 11, 2016

Early migrants continue to arrive along the Gulf Coast, though March weather can make this a risky trip for Ruby-throats.

 
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Habitat Ready?
March 18, 2016

Hungry hummingbirds continue along their migration looking for food to fuel their journeys. Do you think your outdoor habitat is ready for hummingbirds?

Winds of Spring
March 25, 2016

With winds from the south hummingbirds are given a boost on their northbound journeys.

Nectar Seekers
April 1, 2016

As temperatures warm and plants come into bloom, migrating hummingbirds are fueling up on nectar and insects.

 
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Females Arrive
April 8, 2016

Female Rubies arriving! This week Ruby-throat migration advanced north into Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Males Rule!
April 15, 2016

Through their turf war antics they show where the invisible fence lies that separates their territories.

A River of Wind
April 22, 2016

Hummingbirds surge north on the winds, making 2016 an early migration season.

     
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More Migrants Arrive
April 29, 2016

Ruby-throats continue to arrive from across the Gulf. Rufous reach breeding grounds in Southcentral Alaska.

 

 
Fall Migration 2015
August - October
 
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Get Ready

Report your observations this fall as hummingbirds migrate from your backyard to their wintering grounds.

Tracking Begins
August 21, 2015

Track migration this fall as hummingbirds travel to their wintering grounds from your backyard.

Fueling Up
August 28, 2015

With males leaving first, females and juveniles now face less competition for food.

     
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Finding Stopovers
September 4, 2015

As hummingbirds travel south, they must find places to rest and refuel.

Increasing in the South
September 11, 2015

More and more ruby-throated hummingbirds are arriving in areas near the Gulf Coast.

Stacking Up at the Coast
September 18, 2015

Peak migration continues
at the Gulf Coast.

     
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Pushing South
September 25, 2015

Hummers pushing south as days become shorter and temps fall.

Traveling with Winds
October 2, 2015

As number of sightings decreases, be on the lookout for stragglers.

Vacating the North
October 9, 2015

Migration winding down. Single-bird sightings continue to dominate.

     
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Going, Going...
October 16, 2015

As the migration ebbs, the number of reports continues to drop.

Arriving in Tropics?
October 23, 2015

We are eagerly waiting for news of arrivals on the wintering grounds in Costa Rica.

Gone South
October 30, 2015

Keep reporting — tracking continues through winter to show where hummers are present.

 
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