Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Have Started Spring Migration!

Follow along with the amazing migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds this spring.

Rob Ripma

Although it may seem crazy to think about, especially for many of us in areas of the United States that are still very cold and snowy, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are already heading north and are being seen in parts of the Southeastern US.

A very popular site for tracking this hummingbird’s northward migration is Hummingbirds.net, which I bet many of our readers are familiar with. They added the first hummingbird of this year’s migration to their map on February 22. You can follow all of the reports from Hummingbirds.net here. This website will give you a good idea of how migration is progressing, but to see more reports and more detailed locations of where Ruby-throated Hummingbirds may be near you, check out eBird.

The first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to arrive are the males but it's wont be long until females (like this one) are seen as well.

The first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to arrive are the males, but it’s wont be long until females (like this one) are seen as well.

Using the simple “Species Maps” function on eBird, I made a map of all reports for Ruby-throated Hummingbird during 2015. (Learn more about these maps and how to use eBird in this previous post.)

This map shows all reports of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds during 2015. Use this link to follow along with migration on the interactive map on eBird.

This map shows all reports of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds during 2015. Use this link to follow along with migration on the interactive map on eBird. This map shows all reports of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds during 2015. Use this link to follow along with migration on the interactive map on eBird.

You can see that there have been many reports of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds already, including many that spent the winter in the Southeast. Keep an eye on this map as the spring progresses and you will see how the reports rapidly spread north!

Have any of you in the Southeast seen their first Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the year yet?

  1. Judy Morrissey says

    A week and half ago saw my first ruby throat hummingbird on my feeder at my big window. It was still cold out. I always leave at least two feeders up during the winter. Could not believe it. I live in Pensacola, Florida.

  2. says

    We live in Pot Angeles Wa. And we have had up to 12 hummingbirds live here year round for several years …and yes Ruby- throted hummingbirds .we love them ,I’m sure the are nesting in a couple places in our back yard…we have feeders in in closed patio and all around the house .

  3. Lynn says

    Our birds are nearly three weeks late now. They normally arrive at the end of April in mid-MO. I hope to find news of recent sightings in this area.

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