May 14, 2013

Amazing Photos: Baby Hummingbird Nest

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[Click to enlarge] and, yes, that's a housefly in the foreground.

Just two shots from a massive photo essay on this miracle on a small branch of a small tree next to the parking lot of a golf course in Colorado. Full show RIGHT HERE. Take your time. It's a big (BIG) page and the photos are high-res, but it's worth it. [Thanks to Rodger the Real King of France]

[Reposted from 2011 to go with the Nest Video below]

Posted by Vanderleun at May 14, 2013 1:01 AM
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You've outdone yourself, Gerard. Today and yesterday's AD has had the most delightful, thoughtful, beautiful and serendipitous stories and photographs.

Posted by: Jewel at April 7, 2011 5:30 PM

I've meant to thank you so many times and haven't. Wish I had but it would get tiresome after a while. But I gotta thank ya for this one. My wife and I are amateur birders (definitely not Audubon Society types). Just call me Birdman, Attorney at Law...; )

Posted by: WKimbell at April 7, 2011 7:06 PM

I agree Jewel. Will be hard to top these photographs. Amazing how well-disguised the nest was even with the newly hatched chicks in it and especially in such a vulnerable location of a low branch. Thorough series! Thanks very much for sharing this!

Posted by: RedCarolina at April 7, 2011 8:16 PM

When we first moved to our home in Antelope Valley (western Mojave), I was a little bummed we might not enjoy as many hummers as we did at our home in Paradise CA. My wife, ever practical, just said, "let's put out the feeders." Of course within a couple days, several hummers were hitting them regularly. A couple years ago we spotted where hummers were returning in cypress trees out back, and found their nest, just at eye level. We watched with awe as eggs were laid and warmed, then hatched and little ones fed. Unfortunately, that brood came early that year, and hummers laid another clutch of eggs in heat of summer, only to lose them to marauding ants. I think those original young ones still come to our feeders though.

Posted by: stephen at April 7, 2011 8:27 PM

Ah, Paradise, my boyhood home.

Posted by: vanderleun at April 7, 2011 9:36 PM

That is no housefly, that is a 17 year cicada. Houseflies that big would carry off your sandwich.

Posted by: gilbert martin at April 8, 2011 6:35 AM

My Dad had a hummingbird nest in his back yard and didn't know it. When he trimmed the bushes, he cut down the branch with the nest on it. He noticed the nest when he was bundling up the branches for the trash. It had two little bluish white eggs in it. Even though it had been on the ground for half a day, my Dad nailed the branch back on the bush, just to see what would happen.

The Momma returned without missing a beat. She must have been watching the whole thing. She sat on the eggs, they hatched and she raised the little guys. Pretty amazing.

Posted by: Lorne at May 24, 2013 7:40 AM