Hummingbird Update: March 6, 2013
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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.

This Update Includes:

Image of the Week
by land or by sea?
Photo: Denise Bittle
New Territory?
News: Watching and Waiting!
Migrating rubythroats continue to arrive along the Gulf Coast states this week and newly sighted rufous migrants are moving north along the Pacific coastal states almost to Canada.

Southerly Winds
While you watch and wait for the first hummingbird migrants keep an eye on the winds. Strong southerly winds coming across the Gulf aid the little birds on their journey north.

wind speed and direction
Southerly Winds
Field Notes: First Migrants
"How do you know if you are seeing a ruby-throat migrant?" Meret Wilson is an expert bird bander in Ormond Beach, Florida. We asked her how she knows she is seeing a migrant and not an overwintering bird.

Meet Lanny
Field Notes
Observe and Wonder: Ask the Hummingbird Expert
What do you wonder about hummingbirds? These photographs represent snapshots about hummingbirds and ways we learn more about them. We hope they'll spark your curiosity for asking questions.

Capture your questions for our Hummingbird Expert Lanny Chambers. Starting Friday, March 8, you have two weeks to prepare and submit your questions to Ask the Expert!

Ask the Expert Will be Open
March 8 - March 22, 2013.

photo gallery
Photo Gallery

Latest Maps: Who's Seeing Hummingbirds?
More ruby-throated hummingbirds sighted along the Gulf, and Rufous and Allen's are joining winter Anna's and Costas along the Pacific coast. The spring migration has begun!

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Male and Female Rubythroat male and female rufous collage
The next Update will be posted on March 13, 2013.