Friday, July 09, 2010

Hummingbird Update

Going on 3 weeks since they hatched; yesterday, one of the babies tested its wings for the first time and flew from the nest. Without much control, it got tired quickly and eventually landed on the ground.
My husband picked it up and put it back on the nest.
Here is the little guy or gal. From what we read, hummingbirds do not have a strong sense of smell, so the momma bird will not know it was touched by a human.


This morning, Friday - July 9th, both hungry babies were craning their neck looking for momma to feed them.


Momma comes on a regular schedule for feedings. Sadly, in a few days, both will fly away and not return to their now familiar nest. They will be on their own hunting for bugs and nectar. Soon, they will be adults and start the cycle all over again.
It was entertaining and educational while it lasted. I hope it was for you also.


- Karen

14 comments:

betchai said...

oh, they are very cute, and looks so fragile, indeed having them is very educational. surprisingly, we have birds nesting by our bathroom window too, but hard to take a picture :(

SandyCarlson said...

I love these photos. Thank you for enriching my life.

RoseBelle said...

Goodness! The babies are so tiny! I didn't think they were so small and so cute.

Ratty said...

Such wonderful creatures. This is maybe the best look at hummingbirds I've ever had.

Life Ramblings said...

great series of photos. it must be wonderful to watch them grow. Nature is so amazing.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love the photo of the bird on the finger. I can't believe how tiny they are.

rainfield61 said...

I have gone through the same experience with the Tailorbirds.

It was fun but sad to have them flying away.

Anyway, their nest is still firmly attached to the leaves.

nothingprofound said...

I just logged through the whole series. What wonderful pictures, and how exciting that you were able to be a part of this unique hummingbird adventure.

Sharkbytes said...

This is really cool. Have you seen the book "A Hummingbird in My House" ?

lina said...

The little hummingbird is so cute. I love the photo of the bird on the finger too. :)

Thanks for sharing the updates on the birds.

dot said...

Oh how cute! I've seen many hummingbirds but have never found a nest. You did good with the pictures!

AVCr8teur said...

Betchai: Unfortunately, we don't have control where birds make their nests. Maybe you can get a better view from outside. Hopefully, it's on the first floor.

Sandy: Thanks! You are welcome!

RoseBelle: They are tiny and fragile creatures. It's nice to have such a rare close-up view.

Ratty: Thanks! I agree about the view.

Life Ramblings: Thanks! Isn't nature amazing?!

Yogi: Such tiny creatures, but do so much work as pollinators!

Rainfield61: Well, with the nest still there, it will always bring you back happy memories.

nothingprofound: Thank you for going through the series. It was an adventure and learning experience.

Sharkbytes: Thanks for suggesting the book. I just looked it up on Amazon and readers rave about it.

lina: You are welcome! I am glad you enjoyed the photos and updates.

dot: Thank you for visiting. After hearing from everyone, I guess seeing hummingbird nests are rare. I'm glad I had the chance and was able to share the experience. :)

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Karen, I have NEVER seen anything so precious. Seriously, this series has been so touching and sweet.

Mei Teng said...

The baby bird's so cute...perched on the finger. These birds move very fast and can be very difficult to photograph.