Still Waiting For Spring

February 22, 2019 by Team Journey North

Tracking continues through winter to document where hummingbirds are present. We are all waiting for the start of spring migration for hummingbirds.

Steven, from Naples, FL, found one “newcomer” in his feeder. This newcomer joins another overwintering Ruby-throated Hummingbird. (02/05/2019)

Sightings Continue During the Winter Months

Journey North citizen scientists continue to document overwintering hummingbirds and to note when “newcomers” or migrating hummingbirds appear at feeders. As one Journey North volunteer comments, late winter snowfall and freezing temperatures in many regions of the United States have not been good for a few overwintering hummingbirds. 

As Magi noted in Snow Hill, MD: “It is with a sad heart that I have to report that my Ruby Throat hummingbird finally succumbed to the freezing temperatures Thursday night, Jan 31st. She had become like a pet to us. She made it Thursday morning when it was 14 degrees here in Snow Hill, but another night of below freezing temperatures proved to be too much for her. She was a tough little bird.” (01/31/2019)

Keep Entering Your Sightings and Your Photos: Enter your sightings.

Stay Tuned For Spring Migration Updates To Begin Later in February!

In the meantime…

Check out the sightings map for all hummingbirds. 

Brush up on your hummingbird identification skills

Explore the information on hummingbird migration and annual cycles