I 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.
(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.
- 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: