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Hummingbird Update: March 13, 2013
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Only bird-banders have the opportunity to capture and examine birds up close. Learn how they determine whether birds are migrants or winter residents. Ask the Expert continues this week.

This Update Includes:

Image of the Week
by land or by sea?
Photo: Laura Erickson
Migrant or Resident?
News: Sightings and Feeders
Hummingbird spotters will be rewarded for full feeders when earliest migrants arrive. Keep an eye on the migration map as the season progresses to predict when to hang out your feeder.

March 11: Leesberg, Florida
Male Ruby throat stopped by feeder at 6:00 pm. Welcome sight!

March 10: Memphis, Tennessee
We saw several ruby-throat hummingbirds in our backyard yesterday afternoon, flying through a light rain. Hummingbird feeders are UP!

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Photo: Laura Erickson
Feeder Sighting
Slideshow: First Arrivals
Identifying the first migrating ruby-throated hummingbirds can be tricky. How does bird bander, Nancy Newfield know when the first migrating ruby-throat arrives in Louisiana in the spring?

First Arrivals
Slideshow
Predict: When Will First Hummer Arrive?
Predict when your first hummingbirds will arrive this spring. Each week check the migration map and locate the nearest sighting. Calculate the distance between your location and the nearest sighting to estimate when your hummers will arrive.

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Prediction Chart
Maps: Who's Seeing Hummingbirds?
When you examine this week's maps, calculate the distance between your location and the nearest sighting to estimate when your hummers will arrive.

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Ruby-throated
(map | animation | sightings)
Rufous
(map | animation | sightings)
Other
(map | animation | sightings)
Male and Female Rubythroat male and female rufous collage
The next Update will be posted on March 20, 2013.
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