Rufous hummingbirds do not breed or winter in the east, however, in recent years we are seeing them more frequently. The Rufous hummingbird pictured above is currently visiting Katherine Noblet's yard in Johnson City, TN in Carter County. That is about two hours northeast of where I live in Knoxville, in the Tennessee valley near the Smoky Mountains. But it certainly stirs excitement and anticipation. This is motivation and a reminder to everyone to leave a feeder out and stay alert for both late Ruby-throats and other migrating hummingbird species that you might otherwise not expect.
Links and resources:
Visit this link to learn about how bird banding has helped us find out more about hummingbird migration. Some migration patterns are changing.
The range map to the left is from Cornell's web page on the Rufous hummingbird. Visit the link to learn more about this species and its habits.
You may also want to visit the Hummingbird Study Group for more information about this species and other hummingbirds.
Report sightings of hummingbirds in the east after November 1st to Bob and Martha Sargent, Rubythroat@aol.com or 205-681-2888. In east Tennessee, report sightings to Mark Armstrong, 865-748-2224.
For more of my posts on our eastern breeding Ruby-throated hummingbirds click the link.