Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hummingbird Discovery

Another hummingbird nest has been uncovered. This time not in my backyard, but at a local nature preserve.
The mother hummingbird seen here is feeding her two babies approximately 4-5 days old.


The momma comes back every so often to feed her growing chicks. They looked quite hungry with their mouths opened and pointing skyward awaiting for her return.


Unfortunately, the nest is exposed to the elements so the momma perches in such a way to block out the rising sun as she feeds her babies.


Momma continues to provide shade.
Quite a few people have come to observe this fascinating nature story, but we are worried the upcoming heatwave will be detrimental.


- Karen

10 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice pics but sad about the full sun. Some of the birds on our property have not made good choices on where they put their nests.

eileeninmd said...

What a wonderful find, love your shots of the hummer and nest. I hope they all survive the heat.

Life Ramblings said...

great photos. hope the babies will be able to survive and won't be eaten by predators.

AVCr8teur said...

Yogi: Someone said the branches were cut back. I hope it was not because someone wanted a better view of the nest!!!

Eileeninmd: I will go back tomorrow to see who they fared.

Life Ramblings: There is a sign in front of the nest to tell people not to go off-trail and disturb the nest; otherwise, there is a $500 fine. I wish predators can read.

lina said...

Great photos. I hope the little birdies will grow just fine. :)

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Ratty said...

Wonderful pictures. I've only ever seen one hummingbird myself, and the light wasn't very good.

Ruby's Raiser said...

Excellent catch, hope they're faring well in the sun...

Emm said...

Oh, how touching! I so hope they fare well!!! ♥

Poetic Shutterbug said...

What a special treat to find this next. What fantastic captures and I hope this heat spell we are having is not detrimental. Great shots and keep us posted on this family.