A Slow Week For Hummingbird Sightings

March 15, 2019 by Team Journey North

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“Ten days earlier than normal.” Photo by: Greg (Wetumpka, AL; 03/10/2019)

A slow week with few hummingbird sightings reported.  

Spring migration can be difficult for hummingbirds. Temperature, wind patterns and storms can influence the pace of migration. Last week’s cold front could have influenced the slowdown in hummingbird migration. But, as Dr. Aborn notes in this week’s Weather and Songbirds News Update, good migration weather is predicted over the next few weeks. As, Dr. Aborn states: “The high pressure area that followed last week’s cold front is moving off the east coast. That means much of the east has or will have southerly wind and clear skies; all good for migration!” 

From Sparta, GA: Jane noted, “First Ruby-throated hummingbird of the season. About 20 days earlier than most other years.” (03/07/2019)

From Gray, GA : “First Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the season at 5:15 PM. Seemed to appreciate the feeders being available as he took a long break to rest and refuel. Nice to find facilities open on a long Journey North,” commented Calan. (03/07/2019)

Learn More About the Amazing Journey of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds winter between southern Mexico and northern Panama. The first spring migrants arrive in the U.S. Gulf States. Read more about the routes they take and how they survive a 500-mile flight without food or rest.

Put Out Your Feeders Now

Did you know that migrating hummingbirds often return to familiar locations of feeders and nectaring plants? It is time to clean your hummingbird feeders to provide needed energy for migrating hummingbirds.