Baby hummingbirds (Annas)

a803c9cb-7c48-4142-8339-323a62d037e1I was so excited to finally install my hummingbird feeder (thanks to Anne and Louis!) in front of my living room window.  I was surprised at the amount of hummingbird traffic, every 15 minutes or so.  I would watch the hummingbirds feed from inside my window and followed one as she zig-zagged back and forth in the bamboo trees just outside my door.  She stopped and I realized that she had built a little nest about five feet off the ground.  A discovered that she never went directly to her nest, she always did the zig-zag dance.  When other birds would come to the bird feeder on the other side, she would aggressively chase them away.

 

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(courtesy of www.bird-friends.com)

 

The nest was about 2″ wide and was anchored to several branches.  I watched her gather spider silk from the clematis just outside my window to build her nest.  The nest itself was very pretty, with pieces of lichen woven in.

I couldn’t see inside the nest so I took a picture when the mother was away.  There was one baby and an egg.  The egg was about 1 cm long. The next day another baby hatched.  I began to document the babies every day to monitor their progress.

 

Hummingbird at feeder-6271

 

Hummingbird facts:  

  • Hummingbirds primarily eat flower nectar, tree sap, insects and pollen
  • Gestation: 13-22 days
  • They lay between 1 – 3 eggs
  • The young start to fly in 18 to 30 days
  • Annas hummingbirds are the most common along the Pacific coast
  • Anna’s hummingbirds are mostly green and gray, without any rufous or orange marks on the body. The male’s head and throat are covered in iridescent reddish-pink feathers that can look dull brown or gray without direct sunlight.

Here is a photo gallery of the babies from day 1:

 

Multimedia:

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2 Comments

  1. Sherrey Meyer April 27, 2016 at 1:31 am #

    Debra, we have our second Anna mama sitting on the nest outside our front door. She has already given birth to two babies who fledged quickly, and we don’t know how many eggs were laid this time. It’s amazing to watch these speedy creatures build and feed and nurture their offspring who manage to quickly learn to fend for themselves. Thanks for the photoshoot and videos.

    • wpadmin April 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

      That’s wonderful Sherrey! It’s mind-boggling how quickly they will go from baby to adult!

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