Spring Migration 2016
Watch the spring migration story unfold.
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February - June

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Track migration as hummingbirds travel from their breeding grounds.


February 19, 2016

This week we'll examine what experts are saying about western birds wintering in the U.S.

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Waiting for Tailwinds
February 26, 2016

Ruby-throated hummingbirds wait for tailwinds to help them cross the Gulf of Mexico. During this time they're fueling up; often doubling their weight in body fat for the trip north.

Aaaand...We're Off!
March 4, 2016

First Ruby-throat sightings in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi came in this week. Watch the Gulf region as winds shift from north to south bringing pulses of birds across from Mexico.

Arriving Along the Coast
March 11, 2016

Early migrants continue to arrive along the Gulf Coast, though March weather can make this a risky trip for Ruby-throats.

Ruby waiting Rufous flying Ruby nectaring

Habitat Ready?
March 18, 2016

Hungry hummingbirds continue along their migration looking for food to fuel their journeys. Do you think your outdoor habitat is ready for hummingbirds?

Winds of Spring
March 25, 2016

With winds from the south hummingbirds are given a boost on their northbound journeys.

Nectar Seekers
April 1, 2016

As temperatures warm and plants come into bloom, migrating hummingbirds are fueling up on nectar and insects.

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Females Arrive
April 8, 2016

Female Rubies arriving! This week Ruby-throat migration advanced north into Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Males Rule!
April 15, 2016

Through their turf war antics they show where the invisible fence lies that separates their territories.

A River of Wind
April 22, 2016

Hummingbirds surge north on the winds, making 2016 an early migration season.

Ruby female Red throat nectaring

More Migrants Arrive
April 29, 2016

Ruby-throats continue to arrive from across the Gulf. Rufous reach breeding grounds in Southcentral Alaska.

Advancing Northward
May 6, 2016

The leading edge of the Ruby-throat migration steadily advanced northward this week to about 45° N.

Sightings Surge
May 13, 2016

Rubies advance north of 50°N according to Canadian observers.

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Canada Bound
May 20, 2016

The Ruby-throat migration is now cruising into Canada.

Keep Observing
May 27, 2016

The end of May is approaching and migration for many hummingbirds is complete. Keep sharing observations throughout the summer.

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