A Home for Hummingbirds

Making a man-made nest for hummingbirds

This is story of how a man-made hummingbird's nest was fashioned to save a hummingbird family from near disaster. The original nest was infested with bird mites which drove the baby chicks to abandon their nest. One of the baby hummers fell to the pavement and was near death.

I chronicled the daily happenings with videos and photos from beginning till end, capturing all the unexpected drama and suspense until the hummers fledged. This is the story of how an artificial man-made nest became a home for hummingbirds.

All photos were taken me Bakerwoman--All rights reserved.

On the morning of April 17th, I was delighted to find this hummingbird nest with one egg.The mother hummingbird chose a pink ivy geranium, not because it was her favorite color, but because the plant was dense, and had strong stems which bounced and swayed with the wind.

April 18 - Then there were two small eggs. In my extreme excitement, I hovered over the nest and took lots of photos.

April 19 - The two eggs had disappeared! The mother hummer may have relocated the eggs due to invasion of her privacy, or some predator may have stolen the eggs.

The back of the nest was camouflaged with dried geranium leaves glued together with spider's web. Notice how much shorter the nest is next to the wine cork. Perhaps, mother hummingbird did not like the whiff of Chardonnay?

So what is with ivy geraniums and hummingbird's nests? This is the third time that a nest has been built on one of these potted trailing plants. There are several reasons I can think of based on my encounters with hummingbirds: the fan-like leaves hide the nest well; the trailing branches bounce and sway with the wind; no other kind of bird could hover and invade the little nest which would not be able to hold its weight; the plant is hanging on a trellis against the side of the house, which serves as a wind breaker; and the swimming pool keeps the area cool.

This new nest was built outside my bedroom window, which made it so convenient to peak at what is going on.

This nest is in the early stages of construction, with leaves, bud scales, and moss glued together with spider's web. The walls are thin and semi-transparent. It takes about 5-6 days to build a nest with the mother hummer making 34 trips an hour to and from the nest bringing in more nest materials.

This nest is cantilevered, meaning it is only supported on one end and the rest floats in the air. There are two pine needles sticking out of the nest, perhaps to add to the structure, but definitely not for stability. The mother hummer gets an A+ for her artistic flair. But as for her engineering prowess, that remains to be seen.

The diameter of the hummingbird's nest is just a little bigger than a quarter. In a few more days, the walls of the nest will be thicker with added plant fibers, weed stems, plant down, and lichen to give it structure. The bottom and the wind-side of the the nest will be thicker, and the backside and upper portion thinner.

The mother hummer, who we have affectionately named Hummie, is an Allen's hummingbird, which is native to coastal California and a miniscule portion of lower Oregon. The name commemorates Charles Andrew Allen (1841-1930) and American collector and taxidermist from Marin County, California. Allen's hummingbird is one of the smallest hummingbirds in the North American continent.

Female Allen's and immature Rufuous hummingbirds look so much alike that sometimes it is difficult to tell them apart.

The male Allen's hummer is smaller than the female but makes up for the diminutive stature with a iridescent reddish-brown gorget (throat), rufous sides and metallic green head and back.

First hummingbird's egg May 26

Imagine the excitement I felt after seeing this! The white oval egg was about the size of a coffee bean. More plant down had been added to thicken the walls of the nest and a sprinkling of moss and lichen were added for camouflage.

Second Egg May 28 - Jelly bellies

Two days later, a second egg was laid in the nest. These eggs are half the size of jelly bellies. That is how tiny they are!

Hummie sat on the nest most of the day to keep the eggs warm and guard them against predators. She would only leave the nest to forage for nectar and bugs and return every 10 minutes.

Experience the discovery of a new nest with this video. - May 23-June 11

Mother Hummie will sit on the nest for 15 days - Incubation period

Introducing Hummie, the Allen's hummingbird mother, so tiny and petite, compared to any hummingbirds I have ever seen. Barely 3 inches long from the tip of her tail to her bill, Hummie has a distinct brown throat patch which would become iridescent orange when she moved her head from side to side. A real lightweight, Hummie only weighs as much as a dime.The hummingbird mother will shiver and quiver in the nest to produce more heat to keep the eggs warm.

Day 1 June 12 Happy Birthday Sela - One baby Allen's hummingbird hatched

One little hummer, I named Sela, had hatched in the early morning next to an egg with a crack on it. It looked like Hummie, the momma had already disposed of Sela's egg shells as far away from the nest as possible so as not to leave clues for predators. The embryo inside the second egg could be seen moving around and getting ready to hatch. This was captured on video, and although it is a bit grainy, it is a must-see. I was a nervous wreck during this filming.

Second egg hatched June 12 - Welcome Sela and Sasi

It was almost noon and the temperature rose to the 90's. The second hummer, I named Sasi, finally broke out of its shell as the nest swayed with the wind. The hatchling struggled for a while to get the two halves of the shells out of its way, but only to get its behind stuck in one of them.

The two hatchlings, Sela and Sasi, were named after the scientific name Selasphorus Sasin for the Allen's hummingbird specie. I took two syllables from each of the two Latin words and created the names, Sela and Sasi.

The two eggs were laid two days apart but hatched the same day. Hummers have a way to incubate eggs so this would happen.

Day 1 The Birth of a hummingbird

Day 2 June 13- Two little raisins - Mother's instinct at its best

Hummie has cleaned up almost all the broken egg shells in the nest. The two-day old hummer babies look like raisins with feather tracts of rufous or reddish-brown fuzz on their backs. This is the area where they need insulation the most.

The hummers were born blind but can hear and feel the wind from Hummie's wings when she comes to feed. Immediately, Sela and Sasi will lift up their heads and open their short orange beaks to beg for food.

Hummie has become very protective of her two 2-day old babies. She flew into the nest and noticed the camera on a tripod pointed at the nest, stared at it head-on and started to fan her tail. Her reflection on the camera lens may have misled her to think that there was another hummer threatening the nestlings.

Watch Hummie fan her tail - Show of aggression

Listen to Hummie's tail make the cricket-like sound as she fanned her tail at the camera.

Day 3 June 14- A real kicker - Shake a leg, Sasi!

The two hummers have grown overnight and napped most of the time. Even a 3-day-old nestling can kick the nest with one foot when the nestmate is taking up too much space.

Day 4 June 15- Big mouths - Eating machines

The orange beaks have grown wider and longer so mother Hummie can better aim food into the nestlings' throats.

Day 4 - Making room for the growing family - More elbow room

What does the mother hummer do to make sure the nest is big enough for her growing babies? Watch Hummie shimmy, jiggle, and use her body, wings and chest to stretch and expand the nest in four directions.

Day 5 June 16- Sharing body heat - Warming up with feather down

At Day 5, the two nestlings snuggle next to each other to share body heat. The tufts of fuzzies have grown longer and thicker which help insulate the backs of the hummers.

Day 6-7 June 17-18 Extra skin and pin feathers - Transformation overnight

The two nestlings have grown extra skin around their bodies to accommodate their expanding volume. The nest looked like it is getting crowded.

The fuzzies have turned into pin feathers which will eventually become real feathers.

Hummie, the mother hummer has a long tongue which is forked and have fringes at the tip. Capillary action helps draw in more fluid. She laps up nectar by extending and contracting her tongue 13 times per second. Contrary to popular belief, hummingbirds do not suck nectar with their beaks like a straw. Instead nectar is lapped up like a cat would drink water.

Hummie continues to feed the 8-day-old babies who must constantly eat in order to stay alive because of their high metabolic needs.

Day 9 June 20 Trouble Brewing - The nest is coming apart at the seams

The nest is beginning to slope to one side due to gravity and the mother's weight when she perches on one side to feed the babies. The plant down has started to destabilize from the squirming bodies rubbing against the inside of the nest. The structural integrity of the nest is going downhill.

Day 9 Feeding the babies is more important

Hummie, the momma continues to perch on one edge of the sloping nest to feed her young. Her added weight is putting a strain on the nest. Unfortunately, this is the only way can reach those open beaks.

Day 10 June 21- Eyes can now see - There is a big world out there.

The 10-day-old hummer babies can now see and are wondering what is going on. Their orange beaks have grown longer and darker. In order to fit better and stay comfortable in the nest, the hummers frequently change positions.

Trying to stay put

Watch the 10-day-old hummer squirm inside the thinning and sagging nest. Notice the walls of the nest contract and expand with every movement. The nest is beginning to lose its stability and structure.

Day 11 June 22 Nest is getting really crowded - A call for expansion

More pin feathers have developed so Sela and Sasi can keep themselves warm without relying too much on Mom's body heat. Mom has to find bugs for protein and nectar to feed her two nestlings.

Day 12 June 23- Lopsided nest - A weighty problem

The growing hummers have difficulty staying still in the nest which has become lopsided. The withered leaves around the nest were left untouched to camouflage it from snooping larger birds, like robins and crows.

Day 13 June 24 Slipping and Sliding - Double trouble

Sela and Sasi could barely stay inside the nest without sliding off the edge. Both of them spent more time squirming and adjusting their bodies against each other to avoid falling out of the nest. Just think of the energy being wasted which the developing babies need so badly. It is like being on a treadmill all day to lose weight.

Balancing Act - Like being on a tightrope

The hummer's nest continued to slant to one side which made it very awkward for the babies to keep still. Watch how Sela struggles to stay in the nest while Sasi naps.

A temporary fix - Nest straightened out

The nest was straightened out a bit by tying two of the geranium branches together at the bottom of the pot with a twine. This was a short-term solution and not the best one.

The 13-day-old nestlings calmed down after the nest was no longer sagging. All the squirming was too much exercise for the growing hummers causing them unnecessary stress and fatigue.

Double helpings for the brood - Feeding frenzy

Mother hummer could now feed Sela and Sasi from her perch after the nest was straightened out. She had a lot of trouble leaning over to feed them before the fix. To compensate for a few lost meals, Hummie flew in and gave the two hungry babies double helpings. Watch how momma tried to feed them on the opposite side of the nest only to return to her original perch.

The 14-day-old hummer chicks have grown wings and tail feathers. The nest is also getting more crowded, so they change positions often to fit more comfortably.

Day 15 June 26 - Sasi jumps out of nest, not once, but twice. - Pine Needle saves Sasi

The morning of day 15 found Sasi upside-down and clinging for her dear life on the pine needles. After gingerly plucking the fragile hummer baby from her tight grip on the pine needles, she was put back in the cramped nest. A few minutes later, Sasi did the same stunt.

Something needed to be done quickly to prevent a fatal fall. There was no time to speculate as to why the little hummer kept falling out or jumping out of the nest.

Little Sasi looked so tired and exhausted after the accident. Who knows how long she has been clinging onto the pine needle when she was found.

Hummie, the mother hummingbird may not be an expert nest builder, but she must have put the pine needles on the side of the nest for a purpose. It was apparent today. Kudos to the momma for her foresight and creativity.

Pine Needles save Sasi

This video shows Sasi clinging precariously on the pine needles that saved her fall to the ground. The sloping nest was straightened out with green plant ties around the pot.

Mom rewards 15-day-old hummers with double helpings - Must-see

How do two rambunctious nestlings turn around in a small crowded nest? One can see how all the squirming and moving around is causing problems for the fragile nest. Watch Mother Hummie fly in several times to feed Sela and Sasi. Listen to the hum of mother's wings just as she arrives with dinner. What a much awaited event that sends one of the hummers flapping its wings with joy.

Day 15 June 26 - Building The Big Nest

Making a manmade or artificial nest for the hummingbirds

These were the materials used to create the The Big Nest, a safety nest, to keep the hummer chicks from falling off or jumping out of their nest again. The top portion of an empty plastic water bottle was used to create a funnel-shaped nest. This was then padded with cotton and wrapped with stretchable cotton gauze.

Cut two strips of stretchable cotton gauze long enough to wrap around the cut plastic bottle top. Cut two pieces of rolled cotton for padding.

Put one piece inside the "nest" for cushion, making sure to also pad the cut edge of the water bottle. Use double-sided tape to attach the cotton to the nest.

Punch two holes on opposite ends of the nest and attach two green plant ties. Tightly wrap the cotton gauze around the nest and secure with tape on the bottom and sides.

Turn the nest right side up and place a piece of the rolled cotton on top. Secure with double-sided tape to keep it in place.

Attach geranium leaves to the outside of the nest with double-sided tape. And then finish off with smears of spider webbing.

That evening The Big Nest was hung on a small shepherd's hook on the geranium pot with the hummer's nest just above it just to see what it would look like. Then I put it aside for fear that Hummie may balk at the new contraption and abandon her babies.

Day 16 June 27- Unwelcomed visitors - In your face

Mites have been crawling all over the faces of Sela and Sasi. It seemed like these where transported with the regurgitated food Hummie pumped into the babies' throats.

Mighty Mites! - An invasion

Look closely at the video and mites can be seen crawling on the beak and face of one of the hummers. Is it any wonder that the two babies kept squirming incessantly in the nest?

Day 16 Little sword swallowers - Double dipping

The two hungry hummers lift up their heads with their beaks wide open at the hum of Hummie's wings. Hummie continued to make her predictable feeding schedule every 10-15 minutes.

Day 17 June 28 - Sasi and Sela abandon nest! - The Big Nest to the rescue!

On the morning of June 28th, I was alerted by my husband that the two hummers did not appear to be visible in the nest. I rushed outside in my pajamas to find the two hummer chicks dangling outside their nest- Sela with one foot on the collapsed nest, and Sasi hanging on to dear life on the pine needle. This is the third time that the pine needle on the side of the nest had saved Sasi.

The Big Nest, which I had built as a "safey nest" the day before, was put to good use. This was suspended on a small shepherd's hook stuck to the flower pot, holding the hummer's nest for support. Little Sasi was put back in the nest while Sela, the older sibling rested on The Big Nest. However, perching all day long was a tad tiresome and stressful for Sela. She seemed to miss being in a small and secure nest that hugged her body.

Day 17 A baby's bootie becomes hummer's nest

This is when the little baby's bootie, which was one of my reject knitting projects, came into the picture. With a tapestry needle, I sewed around the knitted bootie and made it about 2 1/2 inches long, stuffed the inside with cotton and secured it to the Big Nest with green wired plant ties.

That evening, Sela slept in her own knitted bassinet.

Sela and Sasi have a new home - A Big Nest for little hummers

Sasi is constantly squirming and scratching while in the nest. Something seems to be terribly wrong and making the little hummer restless.

The Big Nest, an extreme makeover - Hummie welcomes the new accommodations for the hummers.

Like clockwork, the mother hummingbird arrived as expected to feed her brood.Sela looks very contented in her new knitted nest. Sasi appears to be making spasm-like motions every two seconds. Something is deadly wrong.

Day 18 June 29 - All is calm on the western front. - Or so it seems

Note how tiny the hummingbird's nest is compared to the knitted version. One cannot imagine how two growing hummers can fit comfortably in that small nest.

Day 18 Momma feeds babies in the man-made nest - Momma hummingbird approves of the new nest

Hummie, the dedicated and dutiful momma, continued to make her 15-minute trips back and forth the nest to feed her brood.

Day 19 June 30 - Sasi jumps to the pavement! - Mighty Mites!

On the morning of Day 19, Sasi was found almost lifeless on the ground. One of her wings appeared to be broken, tufts of feathers were coming loose, and she was breathing heavily. Inspite of having The Big Nest as a safety net, Sasi still fell to the ground. It was obvious that the mites drove Sasi to leave the nest.

This nest was cut from the stem it was built on as it could no longer hold its shape and was infested with mites. I put this inside a pastic bag and within a day the mites have reproduced like crazy. In the meantime, I had to scrounge around the house hoping to find something that would be suitable and comfortable for poor little Sasi.

Day 19 Little felted wool nest for Sasi - There is no time to waste--this is an emergency

Then I found a rectangular piece of felted wool in my knitting bag. This was meant to be a pocket for one of my felting projects, but got lost in the stash of yarn. A light bulb flashed in my head, and in no time, a new bassinet was fashioned for little Sasi. To finish it off, a thin layer of rolled cotton was stuffed inside the felted nest. This would mimic the plant down that the mother hummer had put inside the original nest.

Sasi in felted nest after her fall

The felted nest was a perfect fit for little Sasi who was only 2 1/8" long, from the tip of her stubby tail to her bill.

The felted wool nest will stretch a bit and still retain its shape. It will also keep the little hummer warm when the temperatures drop in the evening.

Sasi joins Sela - Hummers prefer being in close quarters

By morning, Sasi has moved over to snuggle with Sela. What a happy twosome.

Little Sasi could not lift her head to eat - Getting weaker

Most of Day 17 was a struggle for the injured hummer. Sasi made jerky motions, and tried to lift her head when momma came to feed, but to no avail.

Momma tries to feed injured Sasi - A very concerned mother

Sasi has not been very responsive during all the feeding times and Hummie is getting worried. She is too weak and is unable to lift her head and open her mouth to get some nourishment. Watch how the mother hummer made several attempts to get Sasi to eat by poking her with her long bill.

Day 20 July 1 - Big sister Sela takes care of little Sasi. - Lots of TLC

Little Sasi is still weak and slumped in her green nest. She has not eaten much but seemed to be more alert than the previous day.

The injured hummer, Sasi, has barely eaten for hours as she was unable to lift her head and open her mouth when momma came to feed. Older sibling, Sela finally poked Sasi with her bill and the little one finally opened her mouth and got her first good meal.

Little Sasi is slowly recuperating and had gained enough energy to stand up and perch. Tender loving care and encouragement from Sela and mother Hummie contributed to Sasi's recovery. Notice how the two hummers like to stay close to each other for comfort.

At the end of the day, Sasi decided she preferred snuggling with Sela in the baby's bootie nest.

Older sibling, Sela, prods injured Sasi to eat - Making a difference

This is the second day of recuperation for Sasi after she fell to the pavement. She continues to make jerky motions and is too weak to lift her head and open her mouth when mom comes to feed. Watch how the frustated and worried Hummie flies in three times to feed the chicks and only Sela gets to eat. Eventually, Sela had enough and refused to eat anymore. Instead she poked famished Sasi with her bill to get her to open her mouth to eat. Watch closely.

The two nestlings have adapted well to their luxurious bedroom suite and are not complaining. Hummie, the momma gratefully approves of the handcrafted nests from her human friends. She dutifully flew in every 15 minutes to feed the excited and growing babies.

The hum of Hummie's wings light up the faces of the hungry hummer chicks. It is always such a joy to see momma.

Sela and Sasi are displaying the iridescent green outer feathers which have broken out of their sheaths. These will eventually turn into green upperparts just like mom's. Their throats have the bronze-dotted pattern, rufous wash on the sides, underparts, and base of the tail feathers. The tails are rufous, black and green with white outer tips. The three white outer tips means Sela and Sasi are females.

Mali, the calico cat, wants to know what is all the commotion outside the bedroom window. She wants know why I spend so much time outside without her.

The stem above the nest would hit Sela's head every time she perched on one of the knitted nests. She did not seemed pleased and tried to bite it off.

I took a pair of scissors and snipped off the branch which made Sela happier and feeding less of a hassle.

Little Sasi loves her handmade green felted nest! - All organic

The felted nest is made of 70% wool and 30% soy yarn. And yes, soy as in tofu! The mattress pad is made of 100% rolled cotton. How green can that be.

Everything you want to know about felting

Make a hummer's nest.

Wool and soy yarn were used to felt and make Sasi's nest. This combination of wool and soy yarn also makes the finished product very smooth to the touch. Wool alone is a bit scratchy because of the scales in the fiber.

Watch Hummie feed the hungry nestlings! - Birds do smile!

Sela and Sasi keep each other warm

Separate nests do not prevent the two hummers from huddling together. Afterall, Sela and Sasi were used to cramped quarters the first two weeks of their lives.

Day 22 July 3 - Lounging around The Big Nest - Supersized romper room

The older sibling, Sela moved to Sasi's designer felted nest to check it out. It sure makes a nice perch for a fledgling.

Sela is the larger of the two hummers and measures approximately 2 1/2" from tail to bill. The ruler is at an angle and gives an idea of the size of the tiny hummer.

It is Day 22 and Sela is looking very much like a real hummingbird fledgling.

Most of the day, Sela groomed, scratched, arched and flapped her wings while perched on the green nest. Sasi, on the other hand, had moved down to the lower floor and found her favorite niche.

The sound of airplanes overhead would always interest Sela as she craned her neck to see what's up there.

The whirr of Hummie's wings would alert the two hummers to get ready for feeding time. Momma stopped feeding at about 8:30 in the evening.

That's about the time I would put away the camera.

In the evening, Sela would snuggle up to Sasi so they could keep each other warm. Their feathers make very good insulation and help retain their body heat.

Do Sela and Sasi measure up?

Allen's hummingbirds are the smallest of Northern American hummingbrids.

Rehearsing for the big day - Doing what hummers do best

Sela has been doing more wing exercises to get ready to fly out of the nest. Afterall, she has been nesting for 23 days in The Big Nest and her ETD (estimated time of departure) has been delayed.

Day 23 July 4 - Sela's Independence Day - Time to go

It is hard to believe how two hummer chicks could be so different in size when both were hatched on the same day. The first egg (Sela) was laid on May 23rd and the second egg (Sasi), two days later. The mother hummingbird ensured that both hummer chicks would have the same birthday.

Day 23 Sela looks for mom - It's time to go

Sela has spent all day preening, perching, pecking at bugs in the nest and waiting for momma Hummie to come and bring more food.

By now, the 23-day old Sasi has learned to perch just like a true fledgling.

Day 23 July 4 Sela gets her last supper from Momma

This is the last time I would see Sela after her pre-flight meal from momma. The doorbell rang and guests have arrived for the July 4th barbeque dinner. I left momentarily and 30 minutes later, my husband announced that Sela had fledged.

Day 23 Sasi is now all alone - Big sis has left the nest

Sela has left the nest and little Sasi looks so forlorn and lonely. This will be her first night all alone in The Big Nest.

Best Friends Forever - Up close and personal

This is one of my favorite videos of Sela and Sasi sitting side by side for the last time in The Big Nest. Sela is busy preening and cleaning her feathers. Watch Sela use her tiny claws to clean her long bill while Sasi quietly learns from Big Sis.

Switching places in the nest - Little hover crafts

Hummingbirds have weak feet and cannot walk or hop like other birds. Instead, they use their wings to propel and lift their bodies in order to move around. Watch Sela and Sasi trying to trade places in the Big Nest. This would never have been possible in their little hummer's nest.

Sela and Sasi grooming and preening their feathers - Getting flight gears in top condition

Before a hummingbird can fledge, its feathers must be fluffed, cleaned of dirt, parasites and oil. Using its long bill, the hummingbird will nibble along its feathers to oil and smooth out any separated feather barbs. This will restore the smooth surface of the feathers. It will use its tiny claws to scratch its head, chest, and back.

Watch Hummie gives Sela her going away meal - Time to go

In this video, the mother hummer feeds Sela and Sasi and then used her long bill to prod Sela to leave the nest.

Watch Sela flap her wings and clumsily attempt to fly, only to lose her balance and almost falling off The Big Nest. But like a real fledgling, she tried again and again until she disappeared into the blue yonder.

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Hummingbird nectar recipe

Hummingbird nectar is 1 part sugar to 4 parts of water.This needs to be boiled for 2 minutes to kill the mold spores in granulated sugar. Cool by putting some ice cubes without diluting the mixture too much. Or if you have time, cool the boiled mixture before pouring into clean hummingbird feeders. Hang your feeders away from direct sunlight to prevent the nectar from getting cloudy and spoiling.

Saying goodbye to little Sasi - All good things must come to an end.

This is me petting little Sasi on her last day in The Big Nest. It had been so wonderful playing host to nature's dazzling jewels.

Day 24 July 5 Bottom's Up - Born potty-trained

Hummingbirds are born potty-trained. This helps the mother hummer to keep the little nest clean. Watch Sasi back up to the edge of The Big Nest to poop.

Day 24 July 5 - Little Sasi takes off - Good things come to those who wait

Bright-eyed little Sasi is now a fledgling. She would spend most of the day preening, scratching, doing some wing exercise or just perching on the edge of The Big Nest. It is Day 24 and little Sasi has overstayed in The Big Nest.

Perching all day can be tiresome for Sasi's weak feet. It seemed like she was nodding off while waiting for mom to come feed her.

Day 24 July 5 Sasi gets here pre-flight meal

This is a still shot from the video showing Hummie giving Sasi her last meal. Mother then hovers and signals the little hummer to get going.

Day 24 July 5 Sasi lifts off

Sasi finally left the nest as I watched through the window while the video camera was rolling. I came out of the house and turned off the camera not knowing that the fledgling was perched on one of the branches. In the blink of an eye, Sasi was gone.

Day 24 - Video of Sasi fledging - Priceless moment to cherish

This video captured Sasi getting her last meal from mother and then was prodded by momma to leave the nest.

Listen to the whirr of Hummie's wings as she came back to the nest and hovered over the little fledgling. Watch Sasi obey Mother, make several attempts to flap those wings, and fly off. This is funny and heartwarming to watch.

Day 25 - The empty Big Nest

Day 25 - The empty Big Nest
Day 25 - The empty Big Nest

Day 29-35 Fledglings on the loose - Out on a limb

A week has gone by since Sela and Sasi flew away. I had no idea that the two fledglings were not too far away from the nest. With my trusty digital camera, I ventured into the grove of cypress trees by the pool in hopes that I would find them.

Day 29 - I spotted Sela, the older hummer perched on a cypress tree branch. She lingered for 5 minutes or so and flew away as soon as this picture was taken.

Day 32- Little Sasi was spotted sitting on her favorite perch calling for momma Hummie. Mother would fly in to feed the fledgling as she is still unable to forage for food on her own.

Like clockwork, Hummie would come to the cypress trees and feed little Sasi, morning, noon and late afternoon.

It seems like whenever I called Sasi's name, the little hummer would be there in a few minutes, perched on her favorite cypress limb. Hummingbirds are known to remember an individual's voice or place of interest.

Day 34- Sasi has been waiting for mom for an hour as the feedings became less frequent.

Day 35 - It has been 11 days since Sasi left the nest. By now, the fledgling has learned how to fly to higher branches. This was the last time I will ever see little Sasi again.

Mother continues to feed fledglings in the garden - By the cypress trees

The tripod was set on top of a 6 ft. ladder in order to take this video of Hummie feeding Sasi on her favorite cypress tree limb.

Sela, the elegant and caring sibling

Sela, the elegant and caring sibling
Sela, the elegant and caring sibling

Enjoying Hummingbirds:

In the Wild and in Your Yard

Sibley's Hummingbirds of North America

Creating a Hummingbird Garden

Dancers in the Garden

Sasi, the little fledgling

Sasi, the little fledgling
Sasi, the little fledgling
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"A Home for Hummingbirds" story enjoyed in Europe

This lens was featured in Knu.ti Weekly Magazine, a German Wildlife publication in Europe on Nov.14, 2010

Many thanks to Brit Haagna, moderator of a German bird forum for translating the lens for various bird forums (Lithuanian, Polish, German, Spanish) and publishing the daily sequels for over a month until the happy ending on Christmas eve 2010.

Hummie is a tiny Allen's hummingbird mother whose boundless love and energy helped made this story have a happy ending.

Mother Hummie did not care what kind of nest her hummer babies grew up in, whether it was the one she built, or the one made by her human friends. Because in reality, home is where the heart is.

A salute to the beautiful Allen's hummingbird fledglings - Two of nature's dazzling jewels

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And so ends this photo story and mini docudrama about the two hummer babies, Sela and Sasi, who spent one-third of their lives in The Big Nest. They may migrate to Santa Barbara in Southern California or make their winter homes South of the Border. What amazing stories will the fledglings be telling their friends about their adventure in The Big Nest?

This story will continue when one or both of them return next year.

A special treat for hummingbird lovers

Watch live webcam of Phoebe hummingbird nesting.

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The hummers are starstruck.

This lens was nominated and bestowed the Purple Star Award. Thank you so much to the Squidoo Community.

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OhMe 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

This is absolutely amazing. Your photos and videos as well as your detailed descriptions are wonderful. Excellent lens and thank you so much for sharing this lens about A Home For Hummingbirds.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@OhMe: Thank you so much for being the first to visit this lens. At least I know, all my hard work was not for naught.


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Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

Fantastic! I read every word and watched the videos. What a treat.


Joan4 6 years ago

I do love the hummingbirds and this lens is just amazing! I can hardly wait to show our granddaughter. she will love this! One of the most fascinating lenses I have ever seen! What a creation! What an adventure to read. What a pure joy!


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Heather426 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

This is one of the most amazing lenses on Squidoo that I have seen so far! I love Hummingbirds too and have one done and one in progress. this one is so good I might have to abandon the other one. Kudos to you! fave, lensroll.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@Virginia Allain: It really warms my heart to know you enjoyed this lens. Thank you for visiting.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@Joan4: Oh yes, please share this with your granddaughter because this story seemed so unreal, and something from Disney. But it happened in my garden. Thank you for stopping by.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@Heather426: I truly wanted to share this unusual adventure in Squidoo and I am so happy that you have enjoyed it. Stop by anytime.


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Momtothezoo 6 years ago

This lens is fantastic and would be wonderful for grammer school children's science class. I am going to tell my daughter about it...she will be teaching third grade this year. Thanks for sharing!


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@Momtothezoo: It will be an honor to have your daughter share this lens with the third graders. Thank you for visiting.


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HorseAndPony LM 6 years ago

This is such an amazing story. I am so happy that Sasi recovered. I love your nest. Thanks for sharing. Blessed! http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@HorseAndPony LM: I am so happy that Sasi made it. The local wildlife rehab center told us that usually when a hummer chick falls out of the nest, it would have neurological problems. I did not observe this with little Sasi. She fledged a happy little bird.


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Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

How wonderful that you got to see and document the hummingbirds from egg to fledging. So interesting!


anonymous 6 years ago

This is one of the most captivating lenses I have ever seen on Squidoo. Thank you so much :)


anonymous 6 years ago

This is absolute joy! Thank you for sharing nature moments rarely captured with such detail and love.


anonymous 6 years ago

Such a wonderful thing!!! Have never seen anything like this. Your project should be used in all the schools, everyone will love this. Thank you.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: It was really a joy sharing a happy ending to a story. Thanks for visiting.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: It is difficult not to be attached to the hummingbirds after watching them grow up and taking care of them. They were like my children.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: I burned the midnight oil many nights putting this lens together because I felt this story must be shared. Thanks for visiting.


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annieangel1 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

what a wonderful story - thanks for sharing it.


anonymous 6 years ago

I cannot believe your dedication and loving attention to these beautiful birds--thank you, thank you for putting it all together and sharing these unforgettable moments with Hummie, Sela, and Sasi.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@annieangel1: So glad you enjoyed this lens. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thanks for visiting.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: These moments will forever be fresh in my memory as I read my own lens, which chronicled the whole story. Thank you for stopping by.


OldMizer 6 years ago

This was totally amazing to watch. After the first couple of videos I realized the volume was off. So I turned it on and could hear Hummie. I also heard a couple of airliners in the background and felt like I was in my back yard. Uptown from the Queen Mary. You will always be in the memory of the three birds. Just as I am sure they will remain in yours. Kudos on all the hard work! I know you spent hours putting this together. Thanks for the memory.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@OldMizer: The whirr of Hummie's wings announces her arrival and the bright-eyed hummer babies seemed to happy to see. If birds can smile, these ones did. The audio and the videos bring to life the still shots. And yes, I did spend a lot of hours till midnight for weeks because I have a full-time day job. Thank you so much for visiting.


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KathyMcGraw2 6 years ago from California

Fantastic...what an opportunity to be able to watch the baby hummingbirds all the way through their cycle. I was fascinated with your photos...and the whole experience.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@KathyMcGraw2: Hummingbird nests are hard to find. It seemed like that this one wanted to be found and created a whole new experience for me. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am so happy to share this story.


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KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

Beautiful photo-essay -- this could be useful for children studying nature.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@KarenTBTEN: Thanks for the nice compliment. It would be an honor if this lens would be put to good use.


micmun 6 years ago

Amazing lens, wish we had hummingbirds in the UK.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@micmun: Thanks for the nice compliment. Unfortunately, hummingbirds are native to North and South America. This lens allowed you to enjoy them vicariously.


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Leanne Chesser 6 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

This is fascinating and beautiful. It has been a wonderful experience spending time here and learning about hummingbirds. I'll be featuring this lens on Squidoo Lens Reviews on Thursday.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@Leanne Chesser: Thank you for spending time and reading this lens. It was a whole new experience for me as well as for other visitors. I am so glad to interweave the still photos with the videos to make the story come to life.


anonymous 6 years ago

Oh my gosh, this has really been a labor of love for you! You are so lucky to be privy to this Hummingbird drame and so smart to be a small part of it! You really are the Hummy-Mummy! :-)


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: Yes, it was more than a labor of love. I indeed became a momma all over again babysitting Hummie's family. Thank you for stopping by.


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JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

Gorgeous lens, what a story! blessed


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@JenOfChicago LM: Thanks for the compliments and blessing. I really enjoyed writing this lens because the hummers became so much a part of my life.


resabi 6 years ago

Wow. Just. Wow. What a wonderful story and pictures to share with us. I've never seen anything like this. Beautiful. Thank you.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@resabi: I am so glad you enjoyed it. This experience was totally a surprise to me. Thank you so much for stopping by.


kimmanleyort 6 years ago

This is simply amazing. You have presented this story with so much respect and reverence. You must have missed Sasa and Seli after they were gone. And I am guessing that they got to know you too. Thank you for all you did to help them stay alive and sharing the story. This would be a great lesson for kids.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@kimmanleyort: I was very fortunate to have experienced the whole thing. It taught me a lot about the importance of having presence of mind, being calm, and taking risks. All of that paid off. And yes, I do miss Sela, Sasi and their mom, Hummie. Thanks for visiting.


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VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

Amazing. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@VarietyWriter2: Thank you so much for stopping by and the blessing.


anonymous 6 years ago

Simply magnificent job! What a story! I agree with Kim, this would be a wonderful story for kids to learn from!


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: It is with great pleasure that I share this story on Squidoo. And if words get out to the school children, all the better. I learned that small helpless creatures do cry out for help and it is our responsibility as co-habitators on earth to assist them. Thanks for the compliments.


anonymous 6 years ago

Fascinating story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all about Sasi and Sela


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: A happy ending is always very enjoyable and entertaining. Thanks for stopping by.


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dessertlover 6 years ago

Wow what an amazing and educational story. The photos are magnificent! Great job and thanks for sharing.


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sponias lm 6 years ago

Iâm really impressed! This lens is fantastic!


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@dessertlover: Thanks for stopping by. I am so glad you enjoyed it.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@sponias lm: I am honored by the compliments. Thanks so much for visiting.


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KarenHC 6 years ago from U.S.

Wow, this is incredible! As other commenters have said, the photos are incredible, and the story is fascinating! I could see it turned into a childrens book.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@KarenHC: Thank you for the nice compliments. I used my one and only digital camera to capture still shots and actions so I can weave these together into a story. I would love it if it ever turned into a children's book.


anonymous 6 years ago

What an artistic production from a creative genius! Every picture shows your infinite patiece and care.


anonymous 6 years ago

Amazing lens on a real life story of hummingbirds. Great job and fantastic pictures.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: Mrs. D., I take that as a real compliment coming from you. I enjoyed the hummingbird postcards you sent me, not knowing that in a little while, real hummingbirds would be visiting me. Thanks for visiting this lens.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thank you so much for stopping by.


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LotusMalas 6 years ago

Wow - what an amazing documentary lens! This is amazing!


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ElizabethSheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

I love this lens! Mother Hummie did a great job, and your new nest was fabulous.


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paperfacets 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

I love your dedication to this chronicle. The photography is excellent. Enjoyed this immensely.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@LotusMalas: I am so glad you enjoyed it I love to share happy endings.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@ElizabethSheppard: Yes, Mother Hummie is the epitome of love and dedication. Thanks for liking the nest. A crisis sometimes bring out the best in us.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@paperfacets: It was a labor of love. I took hundreds of photos and videos and picked the best ones to weave a story together. Thank you for visiting.


anonymous 6 years ago

Bakerwoman! Wow, what a wonderful Lens...you're so creative. Loved the picture of the cat looking out the bedroom window and that Sasi did not fly away when you are petting her...G-Ma!


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: Mali, the cat, was not thrilled about not getting enough attention. She would jump on the window sill and peek out to see what's going on outside that was so interesting. Well, birds and cats do not mix well in most cases, so Mali rarely got around by the pool area where the hummers were. Sasi did not fly away when I was petting it because it was not ready and also because she was used to my presence around the nest. Glad you enjoyed reading the lens with your glass of wine.


anonymous 6 years ago

Great story and fantastic pictures/video - excellent job - nature is wonderful.

You might enjoy some HiDef pictures/video I took of some baby hummingbirds at http://www.komar.org/faq/travel/hummingbirds/nest/


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: @alek, coming from a pro like you, I take that as a very nice compliment. I am only an amateur photographer and my little Sony cybershot is all I have to chronicle my stories. I visisted your website and your photos are so crisp and fabulous. Thank you for sharing.


anonymous 6 years ago

@jlshernandez: Thanks for the compliment BakerWoman ... but I'm actually a bit jealous of your setup as you had 'em right at your house and your "care" for them was awesome.

Plus if you took those pictures with a Cybershot point-n-shoot, you did an amazing job - Hummers are small and fast!

FYI in case you missed the link, I was fortunate to have some House Finches nest on my front door - http://www.watching-grass-grow.com/house-finch/201...

Best Wishes,

alek

P.S.Drop me an Email (alek AT komar.org) if you would like to be on my couple times/year Email list for photo stuff from me.


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delia-delia 6 years ago

another splendid Hummingbird lens...this is awesome! a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@delia-delia: It gives me so much joy to have a visit from a Squid Angel. Thank you so much for visiting.


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norma-holt 6 years ago

Stunning and a great study of bird life. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust


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DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

Beautiful! Stunning pictures and heartwarming story!


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GonnaFly 6 years ago from Australia

What a spectacular lens! We don't get hummingbirds here in Australia, so it was so lovely to stumble upon your lens and see these little beauties :-)


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@GonnaFly: So glad you found the hummers and enjoyed their story of survival. Hummingbirds are only found in Northern and Southern America. But you can read about on Squidoo.

Thanks for stopping by.


Light-in-me 6 years ago

I am totally moved and fascinated by this, you did a great job with this lens and taking care of them. Thank you for sharing this is wonderful!

Robin :)


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@Light-in-me: Thank you for your kind words. I did not have the heart to make matters get worse, so I had to intervene and help the helpless hummers.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@norma-holt: Your sprinkling of stardust is most welcome. Thank for featuring this lens.


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LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

This lens is just...well the word "amazing" doesn't come close. I was enthralled by the story of little Sela and Sasi and wish them a long and happy life - wherever they are now - may they stay safe and happy :)

Blessed by a Squid Angel :)


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BobbyBOOMBOOMBi 6 years ago

Amazing! This lens should be rated WAY higher!


anonymous 6 years ago

Cute tiny bird :) I also see some big birds in HK, just outside of my window, lazy in sunshine :)


ShamanicShift 6 years ago

Amazing, beautiful and educational lens. My Tortoise Cat would be shocked by such commotion, like calico Mali! I grew up with hummingbirds outside my window in CA because they loved the row of "bottlebrush" plants there.


anonymous 6 years ago

Stunning and awesome lens on hummingbirds. I was very much a part of garden and birds during my childhood. Very inspiring and full of life.


anonymous 6 years ago

Lensrolled to my lens- "Are you ready to adopt popular species of birds for pets".


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aesta1 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I really enjoyed this lens. We have hummingbirds in the cottage but they are smaller. I have never seen their nests or their eggs. You have done a great job taking all those pictures.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@aesta1: This lens was a labor of love. I became so involved in the lives of these hummingbirds and now I often wonder where they are and how they are doing. Thank for stopping by.


anonymous 6 years ago

This is the best lens I have seen by far, I wish I was an angel so I could bless it. Wonderful story, pictures, everything. Fantastic


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JJNW 6 years ago from USA

Well, Momsbusy can't bless it, but I can!! * SquidAngel Blessings * for a truly spectacular story, so very well told and documented. My mother adores hummingbirds and I am sending her this link. Lovely!


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TNTbefree 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

Wow! What a great lens. I know we have humming birds around here, but those things are so small and fast, you do not get to see them. At least not for long. Never had one stick around long enough for me to give-em a name. How cute. Great photos and story too.


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GeoffSteen 6 years ago

What an amazing lens, one of the best I've seen on Squidoo so far. It must be wonderful to have hummingbirds in your garden - I thought I saw one in my lavendar plant once, but it turned out to be a hummingbird moth.


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Diana Wenzel 6 years ago from Colorado

Totally fabulous! What I wouldn't give to have an experience like you shared. I had over 100 hummers feeding at my place all summer. How I miss them when they move on for the winter. Thanks for a spectacular lens.


anonymous 6 years ago

This is the most wonderful documentation I have ever experienced. So we learn, thanks to the author, also on the other side of the ocean something about these wonderful birds which we don't know here in Europe. Thank you so much, it's just wonderful!


anonymous 6 years ago

Eine wunderschöne Geschichte, mit der man mitfiebert und sehr viel lernen kann. Dank der freundlichen Genehmigung zur Ãbersetzung kann Brit uns hier in Deutschland im Forum: www.worldofanimals.de die Geschichte und das Leben der Allenkolibris näher bringen.

Es ist so spannend geschrieben, das man sehr gespannt auf die Fortsetzungen wartet.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: This is an English translation of the German comments from our reader across the ocean-

"This is a wonderful story from which one can learn a lot. Thanks for giving Brit the permission to translate this in Germany for the forum www.worldofanimals.de to bring us closer to the lives of the hummingbirds. It is written with suspense and excitement that makes one eagerly wait for the next sequel."


anonymous 6 years ago

Life is so amazing! I am wondering why hummingbirds population is not big. Only a few times I see hummingbird in my backyard and not even stop. I am going to expand my rose population and make it a small rose garden, maybe more birds will be attracted.


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Barb McCoy 6 years ago

What a wonderful story you told in this lens. I too am a hummingbird lover and spend lots of time watching them in my garden but this was by far the best hummingbird story I have ever read and experienced. Thank for all your love and time that you put into building this lens. I will lensrolling it to several of my nature lenses.


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jlshernandez 6 years ago Author

@Barb McCoy: @HarmonyArtMom for stopping by and reading this story. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me to help the babies grow up and fledge in a artificial nest. Thanks for lensrolling to your nature lenses.


anonymous 6 years ago

Es ist eine so wunderschöne und herzergreifende Geschichte. Man kann viel lernen und ich konnte meinen Kindern ein Tier näherbringen, welches es hier bei uns nicht gibt. Wir haben tiefe Einblicke in die Lebensweise dieser winzigen Geschöpfe bekommen und mitgefiebert, ob ihnen der beschwerliche Weg ins Leben gelingen wird. Ich bedanke mich vielmals für diese Möglichkeit! Greetings from Germany


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PNWtravels 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

What an amazing story you've told on this lens. I'm so glad you were there and able to help Hummie and her babies. Blessed by a SquidAngel and featured on my angel lens.


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Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

What an astounding lens about Hummie and her family. I would love to have an opportunity to observe hummers up close like this in my garden. We just purchased the PBS DVC about Hummingbirds and really enjoy watching it in winter.


SandyPeaks 6 years ago

Never seen anything like this before! Superb lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel.


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LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

Absolutely fabulous...they never would have survived without you......Amazing lens. I'm a hummingbird lover myself but have never seen anything like this before.


anonymous 5 years ago

This is so nice. My sister and her hubby have Humming Birds nest outside one of their window each year. I've been telling her that she needs to take pictures and videos like you did. I'm glad you did this and took the time to create this awesome site. Fantastic!


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Janet2221 5 years ago

Amazing! What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it. :)


seegreen 5 years ago

This is the best page I have ever read on Squidoo. It's fascinating! Years ago when we lived in San Diego we had some hummingbirds in our yard but I don't know if they nested there. I wish I had read this back then, perhaps I would have known what to look for. One day one of the birds flew into the house and took about 10 minutes to find its way back out. I felt so sorry for the sweet little bird!.


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Franksterk 5 years ago from California

Wow. What a wonderful story and beautiful photos and videos. Blessings from this Angel. Bear hugs, Frankster


anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos, videos and the story. You were truly blessed to witness one of natures little miracles - and we are blessed to have you sharing it with us!


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semas 5 years ago

An amazing story well documented with visuals.Thank you for doing it!


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cloudiosify 5 years ago

I love all the pictures. Splendid lens!


Light-in-me 5 years ago

Hello,

I was here a while ago but I just love this lens so much that I came back to give it a Squid Angel blessing.

Nice job,

Robin :)


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Amy Fricano 5 years ago from WNY

This is triple purple star worthy. Love it, and learned some tricks for my own hummies. Thanks for a beautiful lens.


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jvsper63 5 years ago

lots of good information and pictures about the Humming Bird:) Nice job pretty lens


Dinostore 5 years ago

These photos are gorgeous! Great job on this! Thumbs up and fav'd.


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VarietyWriter2 5 years ago

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)


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BubblesRFun 5 years ago

I am blown away by this lens...........It is Truly MY Favorite!!!!! I love hummingbirds but my hummingbirds would never ever think about letting me get that close...GREAT Lens.......


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Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

Adding a kiss for luck on this St. Patrick's Day!


anonymous 5 years ago

Your babies are just the cutest little guys in the world. You have done a great service to nature.


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kguru1979 lm 5 years ago

What a great effort you took in building such a cool lens ..! I really loved it ..! Thanks for sharing...!


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RickBasset 5 years ago

What an amazing lens! Congratulations on your Purple Star! It's well deserved!

Blessed by this Squid Angel!


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TheRatRaceRebel1 5 years ago

A Home For Hummingbirds is simply amazing! All I can say is WOW and thanks for sharing.


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GetSillyProduct 5 years ago

awww, they're all grown up!


anonymous 5 years ago

I really enjoyed watching the little hummers grow up. Thanks so much for posting this.


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kathysart 5 years ago

Chirp! I loved this lens so much that I Stumbled it and put it on my Facebook Wall, which I never do as I am an artist and I mostly only post my own work.. but this was just soo dear! Thank you! ~Kathy


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lizziehumphreys1 5 years ago

such a gorgeous lens :) the pictures are beautiful and the birds are sooo cute!


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bbsoulful2 5 years ago

How blessed you are to have such a garden as invites these teeny friends! We are studying birds for homeschool now, and this lens offers a nice, rare glimpse at some really tiny ones! Thank you!


anonymous 5 years ago

WOW, I have cried like a little child! What an incredible amazing journey for the birds and you the wonderful human that helped. Everything from beginning to end has been breath taking. Thank you so much for providing the video and story for the public. Thank you most of all, for being there for them and helping them live. The equipment seems fantastic!


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dani3l lm 5 years ago

What a wonderful story, I hope the best for little Sasi! This is probally the best effort and well thought out lens I have seen. Great Job! A+ for you


hamshi5433 5 years ago

wowwww!! I absolutely adore this lens..Lovely pictures and very informative too..These birds are the fastest birds in the world right..Excellent work.


chris_triby 5 years ago

I loved the detail in this lens. It might be lengthy but it draws you right in and keeps you moving. Amazing pictures and videos, this was such a cool experience.


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hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

I really enjoyed this lens! The pictures are amazing, as is the story! I watched a bald's eagle nest this year and there is something so interesting about watching a bird's nest... Now the baby bald eagle flew away with its parents, but I look forward to next Spring :) I hope one day I am able to find a hummingbird nest to observe! Thanks to your pictures I know what to look for!


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DuaneJ 5 years ago

Hummingbirds are adorable. Excellent lens!


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EMangl 5 years ago

wonderful story book !


anonymous 5 years ago

This has to be the Lens I love most of all I seen on Squidoo, ansolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing story!


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bikerministry 5 years ago

We've attracted hummingbirds this year, but I've never seen the nests, didn't know about geranium leaves, had no idea how tiny the nest is, etc. What an incredible lens, by far my favorite in the 5 months I've been on Squidoo. SUPER LENS.


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sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

wow. really a stunning lens construction. you have done a great job in this lens. ~blessed~


pawpaw911 5 years ago

Now that is just cooler than heck. What a once in a life time experience. Great of you to record the whole event, and share with the rest of us.


lc_online 5 years ago

An absolutely incredible lens! Beautiful bird photos and videos, and you show such kindness and concern for the babies! Sharing the way you made the nest will probably the lives of countless other hummers. Thank you for your beautiful documentary.


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timelapselove 5 years ago

Coolest lens I've seen so far! Seriously awesome.


Grandad52 5 years ago

Pretty neat. My mom gets as many as 20 hummingbirds at her feeder and it is fun watching them dive at each other. She also gets a pileated woodpecker come to sit on the seed feeder eating suet. Yesterday I saw two bald eagles fly over the top of the car as I was crossing the river. Good pictures here and forwarding to mom.


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beckyf 5 years ago

Awwww, how tiny and precious they are! I think this is THE most interesting lens I've seen on Squidoo so far. Wonderful work!


jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

I love your day to day documentation of the hummingbird and its nest! When I had a tree near my room, I always woke up everyday to see the nest being slowly built and then I'd find a bird staring at me through the window lol.I wonder how they make the nest stay together though?


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jlshernandez 5 years ago Author

@jimmyworldstar, hummingbirds glue their nest together with spiderweb. It takes about 5-6 days for the nest to be build. Thanks for stopping by and taking interest in my favorite lens.


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SteveKaye 5 years ago

This lens deserves a thousand Likes. Thank you for telling me about it.


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Daphsam LM 5 years ago

Unbelievable lens! Greatest lens and will recommend it to others! Thank you for showing us this world:)


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JohannaBaker 5 years ago

Amazing...!


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Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

What a heartwarming story. It is a good think you can felt!


anonymous 4 years ago

Loved this story of 2 little birdies! you played a good mother to both of them.


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FunNaturePhotog 4 years ago

How wonderful! That's it, I'm going geranium shopping!! Your story, pictures and videos are just delightful.


RhiannonJ 4 years ago

Beautiful docomentary of the time you spent with Sela and Sasi. You had me in joyful tears at times. Was so rewarding to see how you nurtured them and got to pet Sasi before she fledged. God bless you for all you do for these little jewels of flight


anonymous 4 years ago

My thanks to you for not only doing this, but also for sharing it. So nice to read a heartwarming article and know that there are kind caring people out there. There must e a special place in heaven for you.


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Barbara2659 4 years ago

This is the MOST incredible lens yet! I can see why you won a purple star for it. I can't believe the patience it must have taken to complete such a wonderful lens! Congratulations!


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FallenAngel 483 4 years ago

This is such a wonderful lens to read. I wish we had Hummingbirds in my country. After raising a Collared Dove that came out of the nest too soon I know all the emotions you go through when you get involved in helping wildlife. So happy that the little ones fledged and survived. You did a really great thing and thank you for sharing it.


anonymous 4 years ago

What a wonderful and informative lens and such a pleasure to read. I love hummingbirds and have many of them in my back yard. They particularly love my honeysuckle vine and fight over the many many flowers that cover it. You did a great job caring for those little babies =)


webscribbler 3 years ago

Wow, what a tough start for such tiny little birds. How lucky they were to have been hatched in your garden. And, how exciting it must have been for you to see that little bird who looked near death to not only survive but fly away and thrive.

Thank you so very much for sharing.

Trailing geraniums...hmm...I wonder if ruby throats would like them.

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