Just In Time For May 1st

May 1, 2020 by Team Journey North

Rubies reach upper mid-west and Rufous sighted in Alberta.

“Watched male approach feeder & drink heavily.This 1st sighting is one day earlier than last year. Earliest sighting here was April 23. I’ve been keeping track of arrival & departure dates for 10 years.” Submitted by: M (Pekin, IL; 04/26/2020)

“I am Journey North”

From creating habitat to putting out hummingbird feeders, our Journey North community continues to inspire. Thank you for your commitment to protecting migratory species like hummingbirds and sharing the joy with others. What a great community!

You have plenty of time to submit your “I am Journey North” photos. This project will run until May 31st. Share what you love about Journey North and the migratory species you help by submitting data, following news updates and/or planting pollinator gardens. Tag @journeynorthorg and use #IAmJourneyNorth and on our Habitat Map.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Enter Upper Mid-West, New England and Ontario

The Journey North first sighting map is illuminated with new sightings.

From Crosby, MN: Mark saw his fist Ruby-throated Hummingbird on April 27th.

From Middleton, WI: Colleen reported “a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird who came back many times to the feeder. (04/28/2020)

From Town of Hamilton, WI: Melissa  spotted her first Ruby-throated Hummingbird on April 28th also. 

From South Berwick, ME: Rachel reported her first sighting on April 29th.

Rufous Hummingbirds Now Seen in Alberta, Canada

More reports are coming in from Washington and a few more from British Columbia and Alberta Provinces in Canada.  

From Crowsnest Pass, AB: Morgan observered a Rufous Hummingbird at the feeder on April 30th.

From Sparwood, BC: Marilyn spotted her first Rufous on April 30th a day earlier than her first sighting from 2019.

From Kettle Falls, WA: Rose Marie reported,Finally, a male Rufous showed up! It’s a clear breezy day at 2 pm and he is already taking ownership of one of the 3 feeders put up.” (04/26/2020)

Broad-tailed Spotlighted in Colorado

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds have been very active in central Colorado.

From Elizabeth, CO: Jeani submitted this report,Finally! We see one male and one female at our feeders. They are unusually late. Expected them 2 weeks ago.” 04/30/2020

Looking For Fun Activities To Do At Home? 

Look no further! Journey North has many resources for anyone with a curious mind. This week our Exploring Together feature presents information on Food Consumed at Our Hummingbird FeederKeep track of the nectar hummingbirds are consuming at your feeders. You might be surprised to learn not only how much they consume, but also how their life cycle is related to eating patterns throughout the season.

Keep Reporting — And Submit Photos When Possible