Sunday, May 05, 2013

Hummingbird Distress

The two hummingbird babies in our backyard started out fine a few weeks ago.

But as time passed, one baby grew stronger and started taking over the nest leaving the other one with less space and having to hang over the side. The mother appears to be feeding both chicks as we sit and observe from a distance, but the one baby just did not mature at the same rate as its sibling.

After three weeks in the nest, the stronger one fledged and was able to fly away while its weaker sibling has not developed "normally". The mother no longer appears to visit so we will be taking him/her in and hand feeding it.

- Karen

11 comments:

betchai said...

oh, poor hummingbird, hope he will grow so well in your care, thankfully, you are there to take over caring until he can fly on his own

ladyfi said...

Oh that poor baby bird. How lovely of you to take over its care.

llandudnopictures said...

Good luck with your very caring care, I hope the baby bird grows strong and takes flight very soon.

eileeninmd said...

How sad! I think sometimes the adults know when something is wrong.I wish you luck with the baby hummer. Please let me know how it goes. Have a happy day!

cocomino said...

Good luck! Anyway, the baby bird is so sweet. :)

Jenny Woolf said...

Nature is cruel. I hope your fledgeling does well with some TLC from you. Keep us updated!

Indrani said...

Good you kept a watch on them. I am sure it will survive well and fly away.

LONDONLULU said...

Jenny took the words straight out of my mouth, nature is cruel! How lovely you are able to watch over them. Good luck!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Good luck with your fostering the little one. BTW, your first shot is incredible.

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Lovely fledglings.

Mandy Southgate said...

Oh no! I see why you are worried. Perhaps the mum knew that the fledgling would not survive. Well, I hope it soon develops and thrives.