Journey North News

Spring 2013

Posted Wednesdays: Feb. 6, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12.
male defender

June 5, 2013
Tiny hummingbirds, four inches in length, have arrived at the northernmost boundary of their breeding grounds, about 3,700 miles from Costa Rica!

Photo: John Doerper

swarm of hummers

May 29, 2013
New Hampshire snow storm this week set the stage for an ingenious hummingbird shelter.

Photo: Elizabeth Fraser

baby hummer

May 22, 2013
Almost to the end of their journey, it's about the females and nest building now.

Photo: Laura Erickson

one hatches

May 15, 2013
The nest is built, the eggs are laid. Visit a nest and watch as babies hatch and grow.

Photo: Dorothy Edgington

in the tiny nest

May 8, 2013
Have your hummingbirds arrived? Are you seeing signs of breeding and nesting behavior?

Photo: Dorothy Edgington

female rubythroat

May 1, 2013
Hummingbirds continue migrating towards their breeding grounds, where nest building will begin.

Photo: Debra Hopkins


ruby female nectaring on flowers

April 24, 2013
Despite continued cold temperatures hummingbird migrations continue to push northward with sightings in Alaska and Maine this week.

Photo: Debra Hopkins


April 17, 2013
Rubythroats holding steady this week as weather continues to slow down their northward migration. There are important things to do when they reach the breeding grounds.

Photo: Russ Thompson

Georgia ruby

April 10, 2013
Migration is in full swing! Hummingbirds push northward this week and observers share the exciting details.

Photo: Kaye Seereiter

ruby female nectaring on flowers

April 3, 2013
Darting from flower to flower, hovering near feeders, and migrating long distances, hummingbirds use a lot of energy.

Photo: Joan Garvey

hummingbird at sprinker

March 27, 2013
A cold week in the continent's mid-section kept ruby-throated hummingbirds clustered in southern states.

Photo: Diane Rado

March 20, 2013
Over 85 new sighting reports appeared on the maps this week. Which will be the first to arrive at your feeder—a male or a female?

Photo: Donald Rash

up close

March 13, 2013
Migrants or winter residents? Look for clues with Louisiana's hummingbird expert. Ask the Expert continues this week.

Photo: Laura Erickson


March 6, 2013
Excitement abounds as hummingbirds continue to arrive. How do you know you're seeing a new migrant at your feeder? A bird bander tells how. Ask the Expert begins this week.

Photo: Denise Bittle

by land or by sea? February 27, 2013
The first migrating ruby-throated hummingbirds have arrived in Gulf Coast states, slightly ahead of schedule. This week, explore the migration route and think about how prevailing winds affect migration.
Photo: Russ Thompson
wintering in Tennessee

February 20, 2013
Spring is near. Can you identify rufous and ruby-throated hummingbirds? This week build your observation skills and learn how migration data contributes to research.
Photo: Donna Stickrod

wintering in Tennessee February 6, 2013
Welcome to our 20th season! Explore winter sightings and learn about the 15 species of hummingbirds that are found in U.S. and Canada.
Photo: Robin Zenker
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Seeing Hummingbirds?
Get ready to report your observations this spring as hummingbirds return to your backyard from their wintering grounds. With your help, we'll make a migration map to show where hummingbirds are present from February through June.
Fall 2012
Two male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Fall 2012 News Archives