Dear Vermont Birders and Hummingbird Lovers,
On April 8 there was a report of a very early male Ruby-throated in Bar
Harbor, Maine. This means that hummingbird time is nearly here! According to
Lanny Chambers' map at www.hummingbirds.net , by April 11 there had been several
Ruby-throated sightings in southern PA and NJ, and one in NY state. We should
be seeing them in New England very soon.
This year New England Hummers will again be collecting data on Ruby-throated Hummingbird
arrivals in New England and posting the sightings on a regional map, as well as collecting population/abundance data throughout the season. We are a citizen science project using observations submitted by both field birders and those who monitor their gardens and feeders. Our article on the fall 2003 migration of Ruby-throateds in New England recently appeared in the
Massachusetts-based journal Bird Observer. The New England Hummers website also contains detailed
information on the 2003 Selasphorus hummer sightings in New England, some
historical data on migration, and a fuller description of the research project.
To assist in the project, you can report your sightings directly on the website at
www.nehummers.com, or send them to me at the email address below, or simply post them on
VTBIRD. You can also participate by becoming a Site Monitor and sending in
periodic yard reports over the summer. We are grateful for all reports, and thank
you very much for helping with the study.
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