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Anna's Humming Bird

Updated on April 3, 2016

Yesterday Today And Tomorrow


Building A Nest

What is this I see?

I was really surprised yesterday. As I looked out my living room window.
To my amazement, I see a humming bird building a nest. Right next to the window. Giving me a bird's eye view.
The humming bird was building it in a flowering bush called Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

The flowering bush is so named because of the three shades of color..The flowers on the bush start out purple the flowers will then fade to lavender and then to white. You will be able to see all three of these colors on the bush at one time. It really is quite pretty when in bloom.

I was surprised because it was still February and the air still some what chilly, when I first noticed her building the nest. There are barely any leaves on the bush and no flowers at all, and no buds in sight. I was excited however and looking forward to watching and waiting for the arrival of tiny little eggs and the wee chicks making their presence known as they break away from the delicate shell that encases them.

However, today I have not seen mama bird at all...Oh No! I hope she didn't see me .

Maybe she has abandoned her humble abode.


Feeding Time and Bye Bye Birdie

She's Back

I had thought that the nest had been abandoned.
But, lo and behold, not so.
Mama bird did return to sit on the nest.

I have been waiting and watching everyday.

The two little's have hatched and will soon be leaving the nest.
They are just so tiny and cute.

I tried really hard to get a picture of the baby hummingbirds in the nest,
however, since there is now bird poop all over the window it is impossible.
I won't be able to clean the window now until they fly away.

After having watched the video provided entitled " HUMMINGBIRD NEST " I can see and now understand. It seems the Hummingbirds actually are able to raise their bottoms and shoot the poop out od and away from the nest.

And now there will soon be eggs in the other nest,,

Native to the West Coast of North America these are called Anna's Hummingbirds.


Hummingbird Nectar

How to attract Humming Birds

The Humming Birds in my area do not migrate. That being the case we see hummning birds pretty much year round.

If you set out a Humming bird feeder you will see them visit daily.

All that is needed is to hang the feeder and fill it with one part sugar to four parts part water.

There have been rumors going around for years now, that red dye is harmful to hummingbirds. I have been checking around surfing the net and so far have found many pro's and cons in the matter. Some say yes some say no. So I think I will play on the safe side and leave the coloring off. Hummingbirds seem to love the sugar water just the way it is. Having said that it is really up to the individual to decide whether to use it or not.

It is important, however, to keep the feeder clean, so as not to get bacteria.

They are fun to watch and will visit the feeder quite often.


Magic in the air

Even More Hummingbird Nest

Oh my, now there are two nest in the same bush.

It seems this bush is turning into a Humming bird condo.

Also as I headed out to the back yard today to water the Avocado tree an Hummingbird kept buzzing around my head.. I am sure she was trying to scare me away from the tree where she has most likely built her nest. The hovering sound of the hummingbird next to my ear is indeed a frightening sound to me.

This must definitely be mating season for the Hummingbird's in my area..Love is in the air. And so is spring.


Planting to attract hummingbird's

Although hummingbirds are attracted to the color red they also like a variety of other flowering plants.

They love Bee Balm which is red, but also comes in pink and lavender colors as well. A pretty flower in the garden.

Another favorite of the humming bird is Delphinium and Hollyhock, both come in a variety of colors.

The Butterfly Bush. I prefer the deep purple. But it also comes in white and pink.You can attract butterflies as well as hummingbirds.

The Trumpet vine and the Japanese Honeysuckle are a just a few more favorites.

Honey suckles and Trumpet Vines also can be found in red, white, pink, yellow and orange.

I love the smell of honeysuckle, maybe hummingbirds do too.

I also see them hovering over my Rose bushes. I think anything that has nectar is sure to please and attract many Hummingbirds to the garden.

Hummingbird Facts

Here are just a few interesting facts that I have found out about Hummingbirds

Hummingbird's are beautiful with their colorful bodies of iridescent feathers. Ruby reds, emerald greens and brilliant oranges are just some of the colors of hummingbirds

Although a hummingbird's heart is as tiny as a pencil eraser, the hummingbirds heart beats ten times per second.

They flap their wings about eighty times per second

There are more than three hundred species of them and each one visits a thousand flowers a day.The diet of the Hummingbird is primarily nectar from flowers, sap from trees, Pollen and insects.

They can fly more than five hundred miles without resting and they can fly backwards..(must be all that sugar they consume).

They can fly in in direction.Left, right, up, down, backwards and even upside down..Amazing

Most species measure 7.5 to 13 centimeters.

The lifespan of a hummingbird averages about five years

A Baby Hummingbird Rescued


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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You did a fine job on this piece, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Your pictures were wonderful, and I hope that you will become interested in doing more birding since you had the taste of the up close and personal.

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you faythef, I will try your suggestion. The feeder is red but maybe there needs to be something moving around.

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      Faythe Payne 3 years ago from USA

      aesta1...Isn't it amazing how tiny and cute the nest is?

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      Faythe Payne 3 years ago from USA

      tsmog I never knew that Hummingbirds were thought of as angels..I will look into that..very interesting

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Las t year, we were in North Carolina to celebrate my friend's birthday and her neighbour showed us the hummingbird in her nest right on the tree branch on her deck. We have hummingbirds but that was the first time I've seen it's nest.

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome hub. Hummingbirds as you pointed out and worth reading are amazing. They have been linked to Angel mythology with old Mexico lore with many legends to read about. Sadly, I have friend in Sweden who will never see a hummingbird other than media presentation. As you know here in North & South America they are really plentiful. A lot of Angels :-) I have a regular visitor in my garden I call 'Fred'. A rascal for sure. Thank you for sharing this delightful article stirring up great feelings.


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      Faythe Payne 3 years ago from USA

      I have not tried this, but I did read somewhere, that since they are attracted to red you can tie a red ribbon on to the feeder, allow the ribbon to hang freely so it can move around if there is a is worth a try

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I love humming birds. I have a humming bird feeder hanging on my front porch which I put a hanging basket full of colorful flowers because I heard they like color. I only got one humming bird all summer last year. If you can give me another tip as to what I can do I would appreciate it.

      Blessings to you.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That must have been fun to watch until your window got too dirty to easily see out of it. The video was really sweet. We see hummingbirds just about year round here in Houston.

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      Faythe Payne 3 years ago from USA

      Oh my goodness..I would have cried too..That is amazing you were able to hold them in your hands..

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      sallieannluvslife 3 years ago from Eastern Shore

      How awesome is that to have a hummingbird build its nest right outside your window!!! Last summer, on nice days, I would leave our sliding doors open to our porch so our dog could go in an out as she pleased until the ruby-throated hummingbirds that would drink from our feeder on our porch decided they wanted to check out my indoor plants and got stuck in my son and I chased them all around my living room and kitchen because they would fly up and hit the ceiling, then down and up and down and up again, leaving tiny feathers on my ceiling...I started to cry because I thought they were going to kill themselves wacking their little heads on my ceiling before we could catch them, but when we were actually able to cup our hands around the little guys, they became very calm and allowed us to carry them out and release them with no fight at all. Needless to say, I do not leave my sliding doors open on nice days anymore....Awesome hub!! Voted up and interesting!