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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Hummingbirds Begin North America Spring Migration!
Those miniature marvels of nature, the hummingbirds, will be landing on the Gulf Coast anywhere from Texas to Florida most likely beginning as this is written! The hummers have wintered in Central American and now are returning to their summer breeding areas. These tiny birds feed on flower nectar and will follow the flowers, their food source, northwards as the flowers bloom. The overall migration will continue northwards until late May with the most ambitious hummers arriving in Canada.
You can report your first 2012 sighting of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Hummingbirds.net. The 2011 sightings maps are below. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a great place to research birds. Any species of birds can be reported and maintained on your own personal database at the Lab's ebird.org site.
What about the Spring Migration for other bird species? They are coming! Early arrivals will begin in March with the full migration in the first half of April. The 2011 Spring Migration was posted here and 2012 updates on this website will begin soon.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Range Map
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Migration Maps
Related Post 2011:
Spring Bird Migration in High Gear! (Radar Map) *April is migration peak*
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