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Hummingbirds moving north, graphically

Birders in the eastern part of the continent are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the fascinating and charismatic Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that spend the warm months in our backyards and gardens. For many, the sound of buzzing wings and bubbly chirps is as much a true sign of spring as any warbler or swallow.

The operators of Hummingbirds.net offer a cool litle piece of citizen science that’s also a service to birders with their yearly map that tracks the northward movement of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the eastern US and southern Canada.  The map is regularly updated with sightings collected from reports made directly to hummingbirds.net.  What results is a fairly accurate snapshot of the advancing Hummers, with each week designated by a different color.

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As you can see Rubythroats are well into the southeast by now, with a few reports as far north as Ohio and northern Virginia.  They won’t likely stay put for long though, so if you’re south of that line, or even a little north, you might want to get your feeders ready.

They’re coming.

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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