Spanning North America

October 13, 2020 by Team Journey North

From stragglers in southern Canada and the northern US to early arrivals in Mexico, hummingbirds are being reported throughout North America as fall migration continues.

“I spotted one immature Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Saturday, October 3rd perched, stretching, preening and also feeding on the blooms of abutilon, porterweed and salvia.” Photo: Bud (Middletown, OH; 10/03/2020)

Still Sightings in Northern Regions

Journey North citizen scientists are still reporting female and juvenile hummingbirds throughout the upper Midwest, New England, and southern Ontario, Canada. With temperatures falling and daylight shortening, sightings in these regions should steadily drop over the next few weeks.

Marjorie in Lowell, MI: “Same bird as yesterday based on the dark spot on the chest. Still feeding on the salvia and still looking a bit chunky.” (10/06/2020)

Judy in South Frontenac, ON: “She [hummingbird] was still here today! It was -4C this morning, frost killed our pepper and tomato plants. Last time I saw her was around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Hard to believe she would leave so late in the day. God speed little one!! (10/09/2020)

Susan in Old Saybrook, CT: “Juvenile RTH feeding from feeder between 6:54 and 7:05 a.m. this morning.” (10/11/2020)

Terry in Williston, VT: “This is the latest we have ever seen a Hummer come by. I put up my feeder again to help this little hummer on it’s journey!” (10/11/2020)

More Activity Farther South

Intense feeding and even late-season adult males are being reported in the southern US.

Gordon in Cullman, AL: “Had 4 at feeder this morning, was surprised to see one of them to be an adult male. This is the latest I can remember still having birds every day. Who knows, maybe they are waiting for the hurricanes to clear.” (10/07/2020)

Carla in Crowley, LA: “For the past 3 days we have had a steady count of 20+. They are intense, as they stay at the feeders and don’t leave as I clean and refill them one-at-a-time.” (10/11/2020)

Out West

Rufous Hummingbirds are being observed in the Southwest, and their absence from summer breeding grounds in the Pacific Northwest has made way for more reports of Anna’s Hummingbirds.

Mary in Alamogordo, NM: “I first saw a mature male Rufous again for the first time on 10/10/20 but saw it again on the 11th. I also have one other Rufous and I am not sure if it is a male or female… I hadn’t seen any of my male hummingbirds for a fair amount of time… I get quite a few hummingbirds here and many different kinds…” (10/11/2020)

Mark in Naches, WA: “For the past 2 years, after the last Rufous Hummingbirds leave, we have noticed a small group of Anna’s Hummingbirds staying in our area … Our Anna’s usually leave in late October or early November. I assume that they will head back to the Yakima area. it’s nice to have the Hummers around for a few more months!! (10/13/2020)

Arriving in Mexico

Hummingbirds – likely Ruby-throated – are arriving in Tamaulipas, Mexico in the latest pitstop on their journey to overwintering grounds in southern Mexico and Central America.

Sheila in Matamoros, TAM: “No feeders. Only [nectaring on] flowers.” (10/06/2020)

Keep Reporting

If you’re still observing hummingbird activity, keep reporting! Your observations contribute to our collective understanding of hummingbird migration.

And remember to keep your feeders up at least a week or two after your last sighting – a straggler may yet come through!