Hummingbitf Migration in Full Swing

penny1947(z6 WNY)March 18, 2012

The first one was spotted on Feb. 25th just off the coast of Alabama. They have been filling up the gulf coast ever since and are moving into Tennesee already. Here is a link to the spring migration map.

Here is a link that might be useful: Spring Hummer Migration Map

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FayeCat(5a)

I just put my hummingbird feeder up yesterday...just wanted to be early for the little things.

Thanks Penny!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 8:02AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

FayeCat,
You are way ahead of me. I usually hang my first feeder out around the 1st of April but since they are moving northward a bit earlier this year I may hang one before April.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 4:13PM
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lindalou(z5 NY)

will probably hang, at least one by beginning of april, also. thanks, for the update!! ;)

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 10:22AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

I broke down yesterday (March 20) and hung a feeder out front and one in back after I saw a report in SW PA directly south of us and another report in the NE corner of OHIO. I might have to hang up my jumbo red Christmas balls too...just to help them find the feeders if they are close by on their way across the pond to Ontario

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:56AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Fist report for New York state....just east of Oswego!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 12:12PM
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party_music50

OMG. Thanks for posting, Penny!

FWIW, my hummers left very early this past autumn, so I guess it makes sense that they'd head back early this spring. I usually don't see them here until around May 10, but everything is running at least two weeks early -- if not six! I'll hang a feeder today, just in case!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 8:24AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

I now have three feeders up so far. We still only have one report in NY but they are all over Michigan, PA and Ohio so it is just a matter of time before they filter in here.

Penny

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 12:19PM
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Lauren1123(4)

another hummer in ny! looks like Malone, Plattsburgh, I have 2 feeders up, trying not to watch them to much, with the cold front moving in, and a low here of 28 on Monday, I wonder if they are going to hold off another week?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 12:00PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

They are filling in the downstate area. With the weather turning cooler again those feerders will come in very handy. The cooler weather may slow them down some but they are already heading into Ontario so as long as the wind is coming from the south, they will still keep moving

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 5:34PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

The first NY report was from Marcellus and the second from Chazy so for anyone in those areas keep watching

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 7:33AM
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Lauren1123(4)

Its really astonishing to see how much earlier they are on the move, with the weather I shouldn't be surprised, but I keep going back to the older maps, and in my neck of the woods first reports were typically not until May, though I usually see my foy in mid April.
East winds today, don't know if that will give coastal birds a push in? (I'm on the St. Lawrence) I'm just now learning about the spring migration routes for not just hummers, but Osprey and other migratory birds as well, Osprey have the similar paths, They mostly come up the coast, a few take the Ohio river valley, I know the same birds have there own routes, and typically go back to the same territories even returning to the same feeder on the same day every year, last year my first hummer was April 16th, just before our ornamental cherry blossomed, took me years to notice they were feeding from the blossoms, I have seen them feed from pine cones in early spring, and have read about them following yellow bellied sapsuckers in their northern most range, but I can't find a whole lot of info about their spring migration the sapsuckers that is. at any rate, I've got my eyes peeled, and the feeders filled!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 10:57AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Lauren I have emailed you off list with a couple of links that you might enjoy.

Penny

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 12:19PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

There is now a confirmed report in Oswego.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 9:19AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Another confirmation from Alden

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 10:21AM
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rosalinda_gw

Penny,
Will the nectar freeze or will the sugar keep it from freezing? I am hesitant to hang out my glass feeders - maybe just stick with the plastic for now and only fill them part way. Any suggestions?

-Rosalinda

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 4:17PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Rosalinda and all,

If you use 1 cup of water to 1/3 cup sugar the nectar will start to freeze at 27 degrees. I never use more than 1/2 cup of nectar in my feeders this time of the year. You can also bring the feeder in at sundown and then put it out in the morning which is what I am going to do tonight. We could go down to 22 degrees tonight so unless the feeder is in a very protected area it more than likely will freeze.

I have also sent this to your email Rosalinda.

Penny

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 7:09PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

For anyone in the Syracuse area there is a confirmed report.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 4:43PM
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lindalou(z5 NY)

i hung 1 feeder out two days ago. hoping to see one, this week. i'm so cold this morning, i pity any of the little guys if they are out and about. will keep watching for my first siting. ;)

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 5:43AM
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jerome69(6)

i hung mine out yesterday(grand island) and are hoping to see them soon.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 6:25AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

You might just see your first one before I do Jerome. I have my feeders up and my red buckeye just waiting for some warmer weather to start blooming. Right now that puppy is all covered up to protect the developing bloom buds from tonights overnight lows..

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 5:13PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Several reports in Hamburg, corfu, Eden and Rochester areas May 1st and 2nd.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 7:43PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

also reports in Henrietta, and Perrysburg but nothing in Niagara county :(

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 8:55AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

I lied. Three showed up May 3rd. around 4pm but they just stopped for a refueling and headed out early this morning so I am still watching....and waiting.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 6:47PM
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party_music50

I just saw a couple hummers north of Rome. yay! :)

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 9:07PM
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Lauren1123(4)

FOY ruby throat-ed hummingbird(s)! They say the watched pot never boils, to true. I had to stop looking for the lil' buggers for them to show up! now their are two, fighting over cherry blossoms, i have been trying hard not to watch the cherry tree in our yard to much, it is always the first thing that really pulls the hummers into my yard, yesterday i watched that tree like a hawk, nothing, no hummers, with the weather looking unfavorable for any big push in migration, I didn't have high hopes for today being the day, and their ya go, there back! YAY

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 2:15PM
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rosalinda_gw

Hummers at the feeders on Sunday - nice to see them back.

I have never seen so many butterflies so early as I have this year. It has been a strange year with all the drastic weather swings.

-Rosalinda

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 3:17PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

Saw my first hummer yesterday!

Like Rosalinda, I've never seen so many butterflies so early.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 6:22AM
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