|Refuge on the Gulf
One hundred miles off the coast of Louisiana, research scientist Allison Heater welcomed some surprise visitors. On March 22nd, 3 or 4 hummingbirds found refuge on the research vessel, Atlantis. "After spotting the hummingbirds we quickly rigged up some sugar water feeders."
Rubythroats have moved up into Tennessee, North Carolina, and Missouri this week. "Woo-hoo, finally first of the season," exclaimed a Louisiana spotter this week.
Greenwood, South Carolina
"Put a feeder out on 3/21/14 and saw my first hummer this evening at 7:30pm. Couldn't tell if it was male or female, but do know this... They're back! Soon my backyard will be buzzing!"
"Male ruby-throat at feeder, one week earlier than last year." 03/24/14
"Male ruby throat! He was so hungry...visited feeder all day. Ate and ate!" 03/23/14
Rufous first sightings continue to be reported from California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
"Looked out the back door and a male rufous was looking in! Got my feeders out in a hurry." 03/20/14