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Apr 7, 2012

Hummers headed north 4 weeks early

Photo by BarrytheBirder

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have recently been reported being almost four weeks earlier than their traditional timetable for northern migration.  March's all-time, record-setting high temperatures had Hummingbirds showing up in a broad front across the north-east United States.
Now they seem to have stalled and their appearance in southern Canada will likely be at a more normal interval.   There have been some sightings however around both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.   While waiting for your first sighting, consider this suggestion from Hummingbird Journey North.   Try hovering like a hummingbird: "Put your hands out to the side, palms down, and create a 'figure 8.'   Here's how: Bring your hand forward and then up as you turn your palms up.   Make sure your thumbs lead the way.   As your hands go back, down and around, you'll come back to where you started.   Imagine doing this 50 to 80 times a second as you take a long drink!"
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