Summer Fun With Hummingbirds

June 5, 2020 by Team Journey North

Only one more week for our hummingbird spring news updates. Please keep reporting to Journey North.

“Female feeding around hanging fuchsia plant around 2:00pm.” Submitted by: Mary (Wayland, NY; 06/04/2020)

Spring Migration Season Winding Down

From Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario to the Maritime Provinces, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have reached their northern limits. There were only a few more first sightings submitted by Journey North citizen scientists this past week, including this one from Cape Breton, NS

No first sightings have been submitted for Rufous Hummingbirds indicating that these hummers have also reached their breeding territory.  

Summer Fun Begins

Now that spring migration has come to a close it is time to tend pollinator gardens and replenish hummingbird feeders when needed. Please remember our message of NO RED DYE. Everybody loves hummingbirds, so the last thing we want to do is to harm them. Do not use red-dye solution or add red food coloring in your hummingbird feeders. 

Watch for this Year’s Fledglings

After the young birds fledge the nest, there will be more activity at your feeder. Watch for inexperienced young birds as they explore your feeder and learn how to use it. The young look almost identical to the female, so look for an increase in visitors to determine when the young are on the wing.