Migration Is Not Done Yet

November 9, 2021 by Team Journey North

Fall migration is nearing the end, but some hummingbirds remain on the move. If you're still observing hummingbird activity, keep reporting!

“I still have two full color male Rufous and Allen’s Hummingbirds.” Comment & photo: Diana in Schriever, LA (11/02/2021)

Still Stragglers in the Midwest and Ontario

There are still reports of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in areas quite far from their overwintering grounds but most have headed south.

Cheryl in Highland Park, IL: “Has been coming to feeder since 10/27/21. I have taken in food the last three nights.” (11/03/2021)

Jo in Clarkston, MI: “Feeding at sugar water feeder.” (11/03/2021)

Gesine in Lincoln, ON: “Well, the juvenile male is still here enjoying the warm beautiful sunshine in Niagara and, according to the Weather Station, is to continue all this coming week. He is drinking a lot and still coming about every 10 to 15 minutes. Picture was taken at 9:57 a.m. DST.” (11/07/2021)

Kat in Council Bluffs, IA: “I couldn’t believe it! Saw a hummingbird at my feeder this morning. We have had some nights with a hard freeze already.” (11/09/2021)

Rufous Along the Gulf Coast and Rubies in South Florida

Passing through or here to stay? Some Rufous Hummingbirds and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds overwinter along the Gulf Coast and into Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Keep reporting if you observe hummingbirds in these states over the winter months.

Michael in Big Pine Key, FL: “Adult female here since 10/27. .. a few days earlier than last year.” (11/03/2021)

Genevieve in Vero Beach, FL: “Ruby-throated male and female still here, nectaring on clerodendrum (bleeding heart) and honeysuckle and visiting feeder, one at a time.” (11/03/2021)

Beverly in Houston, TX: “Got a good look at daylight this morning, still have a very young sub-adult male Rufous. Nectaring on Hamelia and white honeysuckle. Looking left /right in case another comes in to defend dubbed feeder. Temps in 60’s all day.” (11/04/2021)

Out West

Reports of Anna’s Hummingbirds are ranging from British Columbia to Southern California. 

Tom in Hanford, CA: “Still have 6 Anna’s males fighting over the feeders.” (11/02/2021)

Kathleen in Gowland Point Rd, CRD: “Anna’s Visiting feeder.” (11/02/2021)

Effie in Pismo Beach, CA: “Spotted single hummingbird at feeder.” (11/04/2021)

Fall Migration Updates Winding Down

Two weeks left for publishing our Fall Migration News Updates — but monitoring hummingbird activity continues during winter. Stay tuned for updates via our website, social media, and email throughout December, January and February.