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

This Update Includes:

Image of the Week
Georgia ruby
Photo: Kaye Seereiter
Guarding the Feeder
News: Sightings Pour In
Ruby-throated hummingbirds zipped up the Atlantic coast to 41°N this week. In the west feeders went up and sighters were rewarded in Sitka, Wrangle, and Craig, Alaska as word spread of rufous hummers returning.

From Pelican, Alaska, Patricia wrote, "I saw one along the beach, then I heard a hummer along the sunny side hill where blueberries grow. On the 7th, I finally saw one up-close at the feeder. It was sunny and you could hear the hummingbirds in flight along the side hills." 04/04/13

Late in Oklahoma

From Edmond, Oklahoma,"I saw my first male rubythroat today at 1:00 p.m.This sighting is five days later than last year, but I am so excited to see them!" 04/08/13

Tennessee Sighting
"Have been watching the map so I decided to put out the feeders, even though there are still no leaves on the trees here," reports Paula in Tennessee. "The next day I saw a ruby on the feeder." 04/06/13

Indiana Sighting
"I had been checking the migration maps and knew they would be here soon," wrote Tina in Indiana. "It didn't take them long..... I looked out my window and there it was, my first hummingbird this season." 04/09/13

Rufous in Georgia
Occasionally we have reports of rufous hummingbirds outside their "normal" range. Along with a first rubythroat sighting came one for an overwintering rufous in Woodstock, Georgia. 04/07/13

Georgia ruby
Photo: Paula Irizarry
Watching the Map

Coming in for landing
Photo: Lisa Berger
Rufous in Georgia
Showy male
Photo: Lori Pillar
Handsome Ruby

Expert Answers: Read All About It!
Great questions came in this year for Lanny Chambers to answer. Here is one example about behavior:

"I saw 2 male ruby throated hummers fly up high in the sky like rockets and then dive bomb back to earth.  They tangled and rolled together in a ball on the ground. Did I witness an example of extreme fighting?"

Lanny Chambers
Lanny's Answers
Maps: Who's Seeing Hummers?
Rubythroats have arrived this week in Kentucky, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Illinois, and Ohio. In this week's journal you can document spring arrival results and update your prediction where they will be spotted next.
ruby map rufous map other hummers map
(map | animation | sightings)
(map | animation | sightings)
(map | animation | sightings)
Male and Female Rubythroat male and female rufous collage
Next Update April 17, 2013.