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Post Posted: 04:01pm - Mar 20,17 
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Journey North began issuing Spring Migration News on Feb 24 and will do so thru Jun 2. I usually don't start posting them until Hummers cross the Mason Dixon line cuz we're too far North for meaningful early reports. Its worth it tho to mouse around their site which has lotsa good info. Here's looking forward to a good Hummer year for us all...........Murph810

Link is to the first issues from Journey North
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/News.html

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Post Posted: 05:35pm - Mar 23,17 
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Hummingbird Migration News: March 24, 2017

4:44 PM March 23,2017
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Hummingbird Migration News: March 24, 2017 by Mary Hosier

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/spri ... 32417.html

Steady Advance

"Migration continues for tiny hummingbirds. Track their progress as they search out the food they need along the way."
{EDIT: As enthused as these early migration reports get us, it is important to remember that even tho there have been favorable South winds to get 'em as far as shown on the migration map, Mother Nature won't let 'em out fly their food sources. They tend to bunch up til instinct tells 'em to go. }

2017 Spring Migration Map
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/humm ... g2017.html

Alpha listing of sightings by state
https://www.learner.org/jnorth/sighting ... ress+Here+
PS: All the columns on the listing page can be sorted by clicking on the column title.

{EDIT: Elsewhere in this newlettter , the author, Mary, mentions HummerS blown into Kansas. The alpha list shows only one. Prolly a typo or she's as enthused as we are about the new season.}

Keep 'em clean, keep 'em full, keep 'em happy................Murph810

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Post Posted: 06:15pm - Mar 30,17 
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Hummingbird Migration News: March 31, 2017 by Mary Hosier. Next Update April 7, 2017

"FROM : Journey North 3/30/2017. 5:43 PM

Arriving "Big Time"

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/spri ... 33117.html

Migration continues bringing Ruby-throats into Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Hummingbird adaptations for eating nectar allow them to fuel up along the way.
Leading Edge 36°N
Ruby-throats made progress north this week with the leading edge of the migration now at 36°N. With storms and rain in the central US, birds will be holed up and looking for flowers and feeders. Be ready for them."

This week's update is pretty much the norm for this time of year. Mother Nature and Ole Man Winter will be duking it out for a while yet. I always bet on Mother Nature cuz she doesn't send the Ruby-throat Hummers all at once, but staggers 'em, which means any bad weather crossing the Gulf can't harm too many and once they do cross, they won't leave food to find food. [Kinda like: "Don't leave fish to find fish".] Keep 'em clean, keep 'em full. keep 'em happy...........Murph810

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Post Posted: 08:19pm - Mar 30,17 
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Murph,
Thanks for hosting your most enjoyable thread for the wee birds well being on their journey for 2017. Always look forward to it. So just when do you think the feeders should go out in our area?

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Post Posted: 02:27pm - Apr 1,17 
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wsj_outdoorsman wrote:
Murph,
Thanks for hosting your most enjoyable thread for the wee birds well being on their journey for 2017. Always look forward to it. So just when do you think the feeders should go out in our area?


Its my pleasure Bill and it gets more enjoyable each year. Our feeders go up by the 3rd week in April depending on weather trends between the southern holding areas and here. We usually see feeder levels starting to go down for 4-5 days before a first Hummer sighting around May 10 to 15. Today our Tree Swallow nest box is going up next to the patio. Life is good............Murph810

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Post Posted: 05:15pm - Apr 6,17 
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Hummingbird Migration News: April 7, 2017 by Mary Hosier April 6, 2017. 4:25PM
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/spri ... 40717.html

A Stop-n-Go Advance
Wind-driven or hunkered-down — hummingbirds continue their journey towards their summer grounds.
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/humm ... g2017.html

Winds, weather, and migration all go together. Storms slowed Ruby-throat migration through the western plains while south winds pushed them up north into North Carolina and Virginia and southern Indiana this week.

Journal: How do Winds, Weather, and Migration All Go together?
What weather challenges or benefits could a hummingbird face on its journey to your town this spring?
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/spri ... tools.html

Next Update April 14, 2017


As usual for this time of the year, Hummers are battling the weather. They'll be here tho..........Murph810

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Post Posted: 11:25am - Apr 8,17 
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Just getting ready to hit a Marengo pond since Lasalle & Heidecke are awful high and I'm still tracing a bad ground on the trailer, so I made a quick check of migration winds

https://www.windytv.com/?46.225,-94.588,4

Bottom links for Sun & Mon look good also, hope they can find food.........Murph810

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Post Posted: 09:48am - Apr 9,17 
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I put out out my feeders today. Feed them and they will come!!!

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Post Posted: 12:15pm - Apr 10,17 
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Well could not have timed it more perfect. Set out feeders Saturday & had a visitor yesterday afternoon. Nice male Ruby. Have not seen anything today so far today. I'm sure the storms have them hunkered down. Has anyone else had visitors?

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Post Posted: 07:37pm - Apr 10,17 
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Feeders going in tomorrow, thanx for the updates Murph.

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Post Posted: 05:09am - Apr 11,17 
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Put my feeder out last night. We'll see if I can draw in a hummer before mid to late June LOL

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Post Posted: 07:55am - Apr 12,17 
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I have not seen anything since last Sunday. Must of been just passing thru.

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Post Posted: 09:52am - Apr 12,17 
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Thanks for the updates guys...feeders going out today...

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Post Posted: 09:55am - Apr 12,17 
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Haven't see the major migration yet down here on the coast. Just a few loners passing thru.

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Post Posted: 12:50pm - Apr 12,17 
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Anyone seen any Orioles yet?

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Post Posted: 05:32pm - Apr 12,17 
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Lanny Chambers of St. Louis, Mo who is the "Ask an Expert" on Journey North is a licensed bander and has had an informative Hummer site for many years. He too runs a migration map with many contributors. His criteria for entry is explained in the FAQ's below the map..........Murph810

http://www.hummingbirds.net/index.html
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

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Post Posted: 06:30pm - Apr 13,17 
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Journey North Hummingbird Migration News: April 14, 2017 by Mary Hosier
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/spri ... 41417.html

Early Bird Surprise

Southern winds surprised northerners with some early sightings. While it seems that the migration is stalled at around 40° N latitude, the timing was right for southern winds to push a few Ruby-throats north toward the lower Great Lakes and into Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire this week. Hummers arrived whether feeders were up or not:

"I don't always put my feeders up this early, but I read about the relationship between sapsuckers (which I have seen here) and hummingbirds, and it was 80 degrees out, and I had spring fever..."
West Haverhill, New Hampshire on April 12th.

"I had put up my oriole feeder and was taking a break from putzing in the yard, just enjoying watching the birds at my feeders. The male hummingbird appeared by the feeders, sniffed around and was gone in a matter of seconds."
Little Suamico, Wisconsin on April 12th.

"We were caught by surprise. Last time I checked the migration map they were still a ways south. My wife heard it first. Then later, watching tv we had one flit around at the window where one bird feeder usually hangs."
Battle Creek, Michigan on April 10th.

Migration Map. Mar 29-Apr 11.
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/humm ... n_map.html

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Post Posted: 10:19pm - Apr 20,17 
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Journey North 3:41 PM April 20, 2017

Hummingbird Migration News: April 21, 2017 by Mary Hosier
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/spri ... 42117.html

Females Arriving
Females arrive after males. When they come they're ready for action. First the males, now the females are moving steadily north into their summer breeding grounds. Some are on time, others are early or late depending on winds and weather. If you are ready with a clean, full feeder, you will be rewarded.

Nest Building
When female hummers arrive and mate, they know by instinct how to build a nest for their young. These little homes must be strong yet soft and stretchy enough to hold fast-growing nestlings. The nest must also protect nestlings from cold, rain, and predators. That's no easy task!

Next Update April 28, 2017
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Their first paragraph just about says it all. The migration map shows numbers around and above us, with a lot more bunching up down South.

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/humm ... g2017.html

The animated map shows the bunching up from about mid IL South.

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/gall ... g2017.html

They'll be here. Keep 'em clean, keep 'em full, keep 'em happy............Murph810

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Post Posted: 04:11pm - Apr 23,17 
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Musky Baits wrote:
Thanks for the very informative and fun reading.<br abp="825">I had no idea there was such a thing as a hummingbird season. <br abp="826">Is there a migratory stamp purchase needed to participate?<br abp="827">Is baiting them considered ethical?<br abp="828">And what is the daily bag limit?


Thanks for the very informative and fun reading.
1)It's my pleasure.

I had no idea there was such a thing as a hummingbird season.
2) A ton of enlightenment occurs on this site.

Is there a migratory stamp purchase needed to participate?
3) Nope, just a feeder & a bag of sugar.

Is baiting them considered ethical?
4) See # 3.

And what is the daily bag limit?
5) Hummers are Federally protected under treaty. It's strictly look, but don't touch. That includes teeth, hair and eyeballs plus their nest.
Link for their 5 page PDF (Did I mention Federal )on how to apply for a permit to keep a tail feather or nest for a school Show & Tell: https://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-10f.pdf
If an injured Hummer is found, a licensed Bander or wildlife rehabber must be contacted.

Welcome to Chitown-Angler and this thread............Murph810

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Post Posted: 07:34am - Apr 24,17 
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Have not seen anymore birds coming to the feeders since my early April sighting. Has anyone had better luck?

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