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Annual Rufous Hummer Count: May 31 – June 3

Rufous Hummingbirds have been here since March, and we're making plans for the second annual Eastside Audubon Rufous Hummingbird Count to be held over the first weekend in June.

Rufous Hummingbird on Red Flowering Currant by Dan StreiffertYou can count hummingbirds at your feeder and other places from Friday, May 31, through the following Monday, June 3, and send in your reports. The first count last year was very successful and we would like to get even more people involved this year in looking for Rufous Hummingbirds in the EAS service area.


What to record

    • Number of birds that you see at one time or you know for certain are different birds, for example, you see females together and a male comes in later
    • Number of males and females
    • Location (name of park or area and city or town)
    • Day of the week
    • Time of day
    • Your name

How to report

Call your sighting to either Leslie Waters, 425-442-7681, or Pete Marshall, 425 453-9287. Or email to Andy McCormick.

We’ll be checking eBird and adding any postings from our service area to our census. If you normally post to eBird, do so; then please also report to us and let us know you’ve posted to eBird so we won’t double count.

So, keep your feeder filled and watch for the RUHUs over the first June weekend. We will also have two field trips specifically organized to locate Rufous Hummingbirds. Watch the calendar for these trips.

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