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Hummingbirds growing up in my garden

Updated on May 18, 2015

Hummingbirds nesting in our garden

This is the story of two baby hummingbirds growing up in my garden. The discovery came as an unexpected surprise which just blew me away. I stumbled upon a mossy wad of lichen and cotton fluffs with spiderweb all over it on one of my geranium hanging plants. It was well camouflaged and looked like a knot on one of the branches. This is why it went unnoticed during my weekly deadheading sessions in the garden. Nothing prepared me for what I was about to see after I climbed on a bench to take a closer look. My jaws dropped when I saw two jelly-bean sized eggs in the tiniest nest I have ever seen. I ran into the house, grabbed my camera and began to chronicle the day-to-day development of the baby hummers from egghood to flight.

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A very special place to grow up - Location, location, location

This was the geranium hanging plant where the mother hummingbird chose to build its nest. There was nothing special about it except its close proximity to the hummingbird feeder. As you can see, the nest was well camouflaged amongst the flowers, green leaves and branches. It was sheltered by a trellis from direct sunlight, rain and heavy wind. But most of all, it was hidden away from the larger birds in our garden who may snatch the eggs from the nest.

The First Sighting - There it is. Can you see it? - The spiderweb was a dead giveaway

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This was the close-up view of the hummingbird's nest from where I was standing on the deck while deadheading the hanging plants. The nest could easily have been mistaken for a wad of lichen or moss. The spiderweb wrapped around the leaves was used to glue the nest together. The small nest blended very well with the geranium leaves and was easy to miss. Also difficult to get at by non-hovering predators and hidden away from humans. Well, almost.

The Discovery of two jelly bean-sized eggs - April 26

The Discovery of two jelly bean-sized eggs - April 26
The Discovery of two jelly bean-sized eggs - April 26

What do we have here? - May 9 day 1 - One little hummer

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This hummingbird's nest was very well engineered by the enterprising mother. It was carefully fashioned out of moss, lichen, tiny leaves, plant hairs, and glued together with the silk threads of the spider web. The nest was built on top of a "Y" branch of the trailing geranium plant and was about the size of half of a walnut. It was just the perfect accommodation for the two jelly bean-sized hummingbird eggs.

One hatched egg - May 9 day 1 - Another one to go

This photo was taken to show the size of the tiny hummingbird's nest relative to my hand. The tiny nest was about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide and so expertly constructed by the mother hummingbird. The inside looked like it was lined with white fleece or cotton fluffs to keep the baby chicks warm and cozy.

And then there were two - May 11 Day 3 - A new roommate

The almost perfectly rounded interior of the nest was molded from the mother hummingbird's wing, rump and feet. The bottom of the nest and the side facing the wind were thicker than the top. The mother hummingbird disposed of the broken egg shells as soon as both eggs were hatched.

Kudos to a great housekeeper.

Growing in leaps and bounds - May 12 Day 4 - One smaller than the other

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The baby chicks seemed to double in size everyday. Their tiny fuzzy feathers help regulate their own body heat and keep them warm as their mother leaves the nest and go foraging for bugs and nectar to feed them.

May 12 Day 4 - Cannot see but can hear

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Even with their eyes still closed, the baby hummingbirds could feel the wind from the wings of their mother and lift their heads up and open their hungry mouths for feeding. At 4 days old, the two hummers have a darker but still stubby orange beak and dark bodies.

May 14 Day 6 - One orange beak

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At six days old, the hummingbird chicks have developed pin feathers which will eventually become real feathers.

May 15 Day 7 - How they have grown in one day

The baby hummingbirds look like little porcupines with pin feathers growing on their backs.

Getting Vocal - May 17 Day 9 - Hummingbird babies are always hungry

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Of the two hummingbird nestlings, this one obviously knows how to ask for food. The hummer felt my movements as I tried to position myself to take a photo and it instinctively opened its mouth thinking I am its mother.

Day 9 - Hummingbirds are born potty-trained

I caught these two chicks chirping for their mother. It was at this point that I noticed the hummingbirds' waste (aka poop) on the leaves around the nest. Hummingbirds are born potty-trained and will raise their behinds to shoot poo over the side of the nest. This keeps the nest clean and is a real help for the busy mother who has to leave the nest to gather nectar and bugs for the babies.

It's getting crowded in here - May 20 Day 12 - There is barely room for two

The pin feathers have grown and covered their entire bodies. The nest is now beginning to get crowded. I did not remove the yellowing leaves surrounding the nest and allowed these to wither away on their own. This will continue to serve as a camouflage for the nest against predators who may be lurking around. And indeed they were. Fortunately, hummingbirds are the only birds that can hover.

Waiting for Momma - May 23 Day 15 - Where's lunch?

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At 15 days old, the hummingbirds have grown real feathers and their beaks have become darker and longer. They can now spread their wings while holding on to the bottom of the nest with their feet. This is prevent them from falling out of the nest accidentally. What smart little critters.

Two Sleepyheads- May 25 Day 17 - What a difference a day makes - how they have grown

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The two baby hummingbirds have outgrown their small nest. Their beaks have grown darker and even longer. What a difference a day makes in the lives of the baby hummers.

Sitting back-to-back. - May 26 day 18

Two's company or two's a crowd

I caught these two hummers changing positions in the nest so both of them would fit better. The spiderweb around the nest allowed the nest to expand a little bit to accommodate the growing babies. Their beaks have grown even longer and darker.

Two's Company, two's a crowd - Day18

Two's Company, two's a crowd - Day18
Two's Company, two's a crowd - Day18

Bright-eyed and bushy tailed - Day 18

Bright-eyed and bushy tailed - Day 18
Bright-eyed and bushy tailed - Day 18

So cozy together - May 27 Day 19 - Nature's wide-eyed jewels

This is the most precious shot of the two hummingbird babies ever. The metallic green color on their feathers seemed to change with light intensity and angle of the camera. In the late afternoon, the feathers of the hummers are more brownish in color.

Older sibling fledged - May 29 Day 21 - And then there was was one

The older hummingbird had left the nest. It was unfortunate that I did not capture this moment of flight. Having a day job kept me from being there at the right moment. Now the lone hummer baby is contemplating on leaving soon. But is she ready?

Baby hummer longing to fly- May 30 Day 22 - Early morning

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At 22 days old, the baby hummer has learned how to stand and pearch perch on the nest grabbing snugly at the bottom of the nest with its feet. It would groom and preen its feathers and flap its wings as if rehearsing for the big day.

View from the back - May 30 Day 22 - Hanging on precariously on the edge of the nest

When a baby hummingbird is getting ready to fledge or leave its nest, it perches on the edge of the nest with its back facing the wind.

May 30 Day 22 - Can you see the little hummer in its nest?

A shot of the nest from the bottom looking up shows the cup-shaped nest with lichen glued to the sides. The little fledgling's head and beak can be seen peering out of the nest.

Little fledgling is ready to fly - May 30 Day 22 - Late afternoon

The afternoon sun had set and the fledgling was still perched on the nest. It had spent many days of wing exercise, while holding on tightly to the nest with its feet. It was unfazed by the gusts of wind and swayed with the rhythm of the branches.

Waiting for mother - May 31 Day 23 - The last day - It is time to go

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This was the hummingbird's last day in the nest. It was easy to tell from its body language. The chick would perch on the edge of the nest and flap its wings even as the branches swayed in the wind. The mother hummingbird came every 15 minutes to feed the baby hummer. This went on for an hour. The baby hummingbird seemed restless and continued to flap its wings and look upwards. Then there was a big gust of wind the baby hummingbird was gone in the blink of an eye. It happened so fast that I was not able to catch the first flight with my camera.

And then there were none - May 31 - Baby hummingbirds have fledged

This was what the empty nest looked like after the hummingbirds have flown away. It was a bittersweet sight. I miss the hummers, but at the same time I felt so fortunate to have been picked to witness one of nature's miracles.

Hummingbird's nest wilting away - July 12 - Two months later - let nature take its course

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The nest has dried up and shrunk in the hot summer sun. I left it undisturbed and even avoided touching it.

When the cold winter came, some of the branches and leaves of the geranium plant withered away. It was then I cut off the branch that so proudly held the tiny nest of my two baby hummingbirds. Perhaps, another mother hummingbird may find its way again in one of the hanging flower pots.

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Hummingbird story on film

Watch this poignant 4-part video chronicling the lives of the two baby hummers.

Hummingbird story set into motion and music - Days 1-9

This video chronicles the hummingbirds babies from days 1-9. Watch the hungry chicks beg for food as I click away with my camera.

Two's company, two's a crowd - Days 12-19

Watch how the two baby hummers lay on their backs in the nest to keep their long beaks from getting in the way. The older sibling soon flies away.

Baby hummer does wing exercise - Days 21-22

Watch the lone baby hummingbird raise its behind and shoot poo. It perches on the nest and flexes its wings.

Baby hummingbird leaves the nest - Last day

Watch the baby hummingbird grooms itself in preparation for its first flight. The wind beckons and helps lift this little bird into the high heavens.

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." - William Shakespeare

Recipe for homemade hummingbird nectar

Super easy to make

I found out that boiling sugar and water together kills mold spores and retards growth of bacteria. Boiling also helps keep the nectar (sugar water) last longer in the hummingbird feeder without getting cloudy after a three days.

The ratio is 1 part sugar to 4 parts of water.

1. Mix together 1 cup sugar and 4 cups water in a pot. Boil for 2 minutes.

2. Cool completely. Pour into clean feeder.

This will fill a 30 ounce Perky hummingbird feeder.

Don't miss out on capturing those precious moments

A good camera, patience, practice, and chance can produce some of the most interesting photos you can imagine. I keep my camera on a counter near the patio door in case a songbird, a hummingbird's nest, squirrels, or other wildlife happen to show up in our yard. Timing is everything when it comes to capturing a rare moment.

Hummingbird Feeders from Amazon - Lure those hummers into your garden

This is the most reliable and affordable hummingbird feeder I use. In fact, I own 6 of them. Our hummers just seem to prefer PerkyPet feeders.

This was a very special story that I wanted to share with everyone. It was my first encounter with a hummingbird's family which I will never forget.

Did you enjoy the hummingbird story? - Share your thought.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like the chapter by chapter humingbird stories . They keep me glued to the next development day by day

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      splendidbaker lm 7 years ago

      What a wonderful story and awesome lens! You are very fortunate indeed to have captured photos of such a rare event. Thanks for sharing!

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Great photos. You have been blessed with a remarkable gift by the lovely little winged jewel who chose your geranium to raise her babies in. This lens has been featured on Early Spring Nature Walk ( https://hubpages.com/education/early-spring-nature ) .

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @naturegirl7s: @naturegirl7, I share your sentiments, indeed that I have been blessed. It was such a life-changing experience that I had to share my story on Squidoo.

      I have added https://hubpages.com/education/early-spring-nature to my lensroll.

      Thank you for find ing my hummers.

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      I'm back to let you know that this lens has been featured on our blog, Nature at It's Best ( http://bestnature.crabbysbeach.com/blogs/ ). Also, that I'd like to contact you, but your contact button has not been activated.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @naturegirl7s: @naturegirl7, I am very flattered that you have featured my hummingbirds on your blog. I am new to squidoo and do not know where the contact button is ...yet.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This is absolutely amazing! How blessed you were to have them so close so you could watch them. Wonderful! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      I love this...5*...what an amazing story you have captured here! thanks for sharing!

      I had Robbins and Doves nest on my plant next to the patio door and I got to see the whole laying, hatching and flight process...now with Kitty living with us there aren't any birds visiting our deck.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Wonderful photos! What a great experience to see these develop.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Spectacular! Thank you for documenting the hummingbird's nest and sharing it with us!

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: This is a once-in-lifetime experience. It was difficult not to be emotionally attached to the baby hummingbirds,

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @joanhall: Thank you Joan for your warm reception. This sounds like a fun place to be.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @GrowWear: It's my pleasure to share with you one of nature's miracles.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @delia-delia: Your Kitty is Sylvester to the tweety birds out there. Although is a bird that teases my cat a lot and taps on the window with its beak. This would go on for a sometime. I am attempting to videotape this.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      What an awesome experience!!! I'm so jealous!!! lol!!! :) Thank you for sharing this with us. Blessed by a Squid Angel and lensrolling to my hummingbird lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh Me! This is absolutely amazing. I am so glad that I read Yvonne's blog post on CrabbysBeach and came here to see for myself. This is wonderful. Blessed.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Fascinating! We had a nest of hummers in our maple tree last summer, but too high up to really observe their hatch and development. Thank you for a fascinating peek at your backyard nature surprise.

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      MeganCasey 7 years ago

      One of the best photo-story lenses I have ever seen. I am grateful you took the time to document it all and share it. Thanks! -- Megan

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @MeganCasey: Thank you for the compliment, Casey. I truly enjoyed sharing this hummingbird lens with the Squidoo community. I am a newbie here with only 5 lenses to my name. Quite a ways to go. But I am grateful to the Squid Angels and greeters who blessed me.

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      Heidi Reina 7 years ago from USA

      absolutely wonderful! it's so rare to be able to see their nest. and your photos are simply breathtaking.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      This must be a real treat to see! Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Brilliant and thanks for sharing! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nature is wonderful, isn't it? Had two Morning Dove's set up house in a planter, don't know why, there was no room for him, he lived on the roof of the house next door. He did come and sit on the nest so she could get a break Unfortunately the babies died. I just think there was not enough room for all of them. We all felt bad for awhile after that happened. The parents put so much effort and attention into taking care of their offspring. Thanks for the lens.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful! Loved seeing the hummingbirds grow. Congratulations on LotD!!

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      BusyQueen 7 years ago

      Now that is precious and a great camera you have! Congrats on LOTD, well deserved! I love hummingbirds and would never forget that treat! WOW

      Thanks for all your time and sharing this lens!

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Wonderful! Wish we had hummingbirds over here in the UK! 5 stars x

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      OnlineStorageGuru 7 years ago

      Lovely story and wonderful pictures.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      awesome lens, congrats on LOTD! I had the pleasure of watching 4 eggs hatch, which I guess is really rare! Then they stayed in my garden for a few weeks too..Love hummingbirds.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      I'm back to congratulate you on your LOTD...well done!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wow, that was such a fantastic story, and the best photos! Definitely a great LotD!

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      ShortSaleRealtor 7 years ago

      Cute hummingbirds hi 5 for you

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, what a great lens. And awesome photos. Congrats on LOTD!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      What an awesome story and the pictures were priceless. Congratulations on LOTD. 5*

      and Fav.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Such a great lens and how lucky you were to get to see this! congrats on LotD!

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      This is exceptional! Love the pictures and love hummingbirds...thanks for reminding me to get my feeder out. Congrats on LOTD!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      ABsolutely adorable, thank you so much! I enjoy our hummingbirds every year too, but have never have been lucky enough to see a nest... or maybe I'm just not noticing LOL I just loved your lens! Most worthy of LOTD - Kathy

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      so sweet - thanks for sharing!

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Congratulations on getting LOTD!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!...I really enjoyed your pics and story...how fortunate you were to catch this wee miracle in pics. Hummingbirds are one of my fav birds...and if only my kids had come potty trained like that! ;o)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great story. I'm going to have to check my geraniums more carefully. I love when the hummingbirds come back. Should be soon now. Will be getting the feeders ready this week.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I read this lens last week and was quite impressed with it. A good choice for Lens of the Day!

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      DawnMathisenakaC 7 years ago

      Great lens and photography! A good daily progression diary and it is deserving of Lens of the Day! I love Hummingbirds and this is a cool story. I had a dove that made a nest yearly in one of my hanging ivy plants at my old house. The plant was under my eave and we had a total of 16 baby doves that were hatched there. They say once a mother bird finds a safe haven they will return every year so looking forward to updates and future Hummingbird babies for you too! 5 Stars and favorited!

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      Gift-Guide 7 years ago

      Beautifully documented with photos. Excellent lens. congratulation on LOTD

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      I feel so humbled by the ovewhelming positive responses to this lens. Never did I expect it to be a LOTD. Chronicling the day-by-day development of the baby hummingbirds was the best thing I have ever done. Because telling family and friends about it was not the same as showing them a photo story. Thank you all for visiting.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      What a beautiful photographic diary. Our garden is full of hummingbirds, but I've never seen a nest near our house -- good thing too, I have 7 cats! Congratulations on LOTD.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      no photo of the hummingbird mum? she deserves the award :) congratulation on LOTD

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      The-Java-Gal 7 years ago

      What a wonderful unique experience for you. And even better capturing the photographs. Gives a whole new meaning to empty nest syndrome. I miss living near hummingbirds, Congrats on LOTD. 5*s

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @anonymous: The hummingbird mom was most elusive. Every time I opened the patio door, she would fly off, hence there were photos of her.

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      RaneeWright 7 years ago

      I really enjoyed this! I've seen robin's but hummingbirds are my favorite birds. Wonderful pics! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kiosks4business 7 years ago

      What a Fantastic story, and how wonderful to have baby humming birds in your garden. I'm thrilled at Blue tits nesting in my bird box so you must be over the moon!

      http://www.kiosks4business.com/page.php?id=125&...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Magnificent! An experience of a lifetime, I think. Thank you for chronicling it all and sharing it with us! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      This is enchanting. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story and photos of the baby hummingbirds with us! A well-deserved LOTD. :)

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      What a wonderful experience you had. I think hummingbirds are so amazing. How can such a tiny creature have the amount of energy it takes to move their wings so incredibly fast. Congratulations on a well deserved LotD.

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      Heidi 7 years ago from Benson, IL

      It's so neat that you got to see that! Congrats on LOTD. :)

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Fabulous lens! So great that you were able to witness and capture this fantastic experience on film!

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      I loved this story - your own photos and comments. I have only heard a hummingbird once in my life. It sounded like a broken screwdriver. I was visiting in Canada.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! My daughter and I loved reading your lens. We recently moved to Colorado and were so surprised by all the hummingbirds. Can't wait for their return. Great lens!

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD. Are you hooked on Squidoo yet? :)

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Wow! That is so cool! Congrats on LOTD! Blessing this lens!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. I loved the photo's.

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      Absolutely delightful! They're such a treat to see in any case, and to actually be able to observe them from egg through fledgling is wonderful!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day for this fascinating look at the baby hummingbirds. I love hummingbirds, but have never seen babies! I cannot imagine how excited you were to be taking these photos! Amazing! I think this would make a beautiful book! Lovely, just an absolute joy to read!

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      K Linda 7 years ago

      What a wonderful accounting of the development of baby hummingbirds. My sister's garden is full of hummingbirds and I love to watch them. 5*

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @naturegirl7s: Squidoo is quite addicting. Reading and sharing interesting lenses make this one of the happiest places on earth. I need to put on my thinking cap and write more lenses.

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      AdriennePetersen 7 years ago

      Congrats on the well deserved LOTD!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Yes, I enjoyed the hummingbird story a lot. I also loved your photos! They were just great. I have favorited this lens and given it five stars. Thank you for sharing this story. Maybe someday I can be as lucky and have some hummingbirds nest in my yard too. I hope so!

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      steelpaulo lm 7 years ago

      really like your story wish you had used some a device to show there size like a matchbook or card deck to show how small they really are. your pictures make them appear large

      but thanks for you page I do enjoy it

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      steelpaulo lm 7 years ago

      @mariaamoroso: what does a "broken screwdriver" sound like?

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      rickhampton 7 years ago

      Great job keeping up with the hummers. I love hummingbirds and have a short video clip of some at our house in Hartwell, GA - http://rickhampton.com. The only nests that I have seen are too high to observe, so thanks for your lens.

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      James Jordan 7 years ago from Burbank, CA

      totally amazing! we have hummingbirds in our backyard now I am going to go look for nests!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow - this is one of the best, truly interesting, lenses I've ever read! What an amazing story - thank you for sharing with us. 5 Stars!

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      bigjoe2121 7 years ago

      Thank you for a tear-jerking, inspiring lens. We just moved to the mainland after 14 years in Hawaii, and I can't wait to see some huimmingbirds.

      One time, we opened our christmas tree and a hummingbird flew out. That was pretty amazing - it made it across the ocean in a refrigerated car for who knows how long. We called the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural resources and they came out and put a feeder in our yard but we never saw that hummingbird again.

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      arrathoonlaa 7 years ago

      I loved it! I used to have a feeder in Idaho, and four hummers would sit on my hands at a time while I changed their nectar. They were calliopes. They were so beautiful! I miss them.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Amazing photos! Loved it! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      DebMartin 7 years ago

      Beautiful! Lucky you.

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      Optimist1 LM 7 years ago

      Great photographs and lens...

      Thank you...

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      ie2216 7 years ago

      I absolutely loved your lens. I, too, have had the experience of watching birds hatching and developing into the 'leaving the nest' stage. It's an awesome experience. Congrats on LOTD!

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      bmthour 7 years ago

      I loved the hummingbird story and photos! What a blessing to be able to experience that. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Just had to jump back in here and say Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Enjoyed it all! Thank you for sharing these special moments! And I will share this as well!

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 7 years ago

      This lens is SO awesome! I read it last night and it made me so happy! Thank you so much for sharing it all with us in such wonderful detail! :-)

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      What a superb lens. Congrats on LOTD and thank you for doing it. Thoroughly enjoyed the documentary. I have featured this on Pets Health.

      Norma

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      What a lovely story and fantastic photo's. I really enjoyed it. Congrats on the LOTD.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Balloons and confetti for your LotD.

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      Andrew Scott 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Amazing. We don't have hummingbirds in New Zealand. I wish we did, they're beautiful. Great lens, congratulations on LOTD.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You have created a beautiful and very special lens. Congratulations on your LOTD, well deserved!

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      Squidabbler 7 years ago

      Amazing photos.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      When I was a kid I found a stranded baby hummingbird - I raised it for 3 weeks - and it was able to fly away on its own - It was great - Great pics - God Bless You -

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      "HUMMMM" That's where we belong!

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      DeboraR 7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD with this one!

      I absolutely LOVE hummers! I was captivated by the baby hummers. I even felt the empy nest 'syndrome' lol. Definitely a 5* , favor it and lensroll to my hummers lens! I'll be checking out some more of your lens.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Great lens! Last year, me and my kids saw a bird's nest in one of our trees in the backyard. It contained an egg, so small that we had to use a magnifying lens. We were not able to see its progress because we had become fed up with work. You are indeed very lucky. Thanks for sharing your experience. 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      awesome post, thank you very much for sharing this magical time for you, peace

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      Environbee 7 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed this lens - many thanks for sharing and congratulations

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing these special days with all of us!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      That was awesome, thanks so much for sharing so we could all see and perhaps feel some of your experience. How fortunate for you to have had their nest in your hanging pot and find it!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice lens.

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      very interesting lens ;) and pictures are so nice ;)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I also had a great chance to see little hummingbirds hatch. We had a next when we had had the children about two years, and we sighted the nest beside our front window on a jasmine vine. The nest was hanging right where we could see it well, and we always watched when the children were waiting for the school bus each morning and any other chance we had. It was exciting to see the eggs hatch and the little birds grow until they flew away. Another hummingbird chose a less than ideal location in a small apple tree in our front yard. It was a sad day when a neighboring cat came by and spotted them and before we could drive it away it was too late. Such, I guess is the law of nature.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for featuring my lens, "Plant a Hummingbird Garden."

      lizzy

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      PamelaLough 7 years ago

      That's incredible. You are one lucky woman to have witnessed this. Great job!

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      Wendy Henderson 7 years ago from PA

      Those pictures are amazing!

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Loved it! That is so amazing.

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      Ellen Mitchell 7 years ago

      Delightful story. Thanks for sharing.

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      LoriB331 7 years ago

      Hello Bakerwoman! I really enjoyed your Birth of Two Hummingbirds story. Your descriptions are great and the pictures are gorgeous! I have a hummingbird feeder and I will be sure to put it in a well-hidden area. Maybe I will be as lucky as you to witness their birth! Awesome job. I'm sharing it now on Facebook so everyone can enjoy. ~Lori~

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      NanaTam LM 7 years ago

      I loved your lens. Thanks for sharing.

      Miles of smiles,

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      nickupton lm 7 years ago

      Excellent lens and photos. Birds can really brighten up our lives. Lensrolled to some of my bird lenses.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wow ~this is the most beautiful story I've read in a long time! Thank you for sharing it with your gorgeous pictures. I'm featuring this on my bird lens. Congratulations on LOTD! You certainly earned it and deserve even more. :D

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      jryland 7 years ago

      Thank you for those pictures, wonderful job. How lucky you were to witness those birds in that way.

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      So lovely pictures ;)!

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @JoyfulPamela2: Thank you JoyfulPamela. I lensrolled your birds lens too.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @BarbRad: Witnessing little hummingbirds hatching and growing up day-by-day is an experience nobody can ever forget. I see a lot of ruby-throated hummers zipping around the feeders lately, so I will be on the lookout for a new nest somewhere.

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      Sharon Weaver 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      WOW! These guys are great and you took some wonderful photos. Maybe you have a future as a photographer for National Geographic.

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      homeschoolsonya 7 years ago

      I looked at this lens with my daughter age 10. What a lovely story to tell! Reminds me of when we had a hummingbird nest in the tree above our tent! Best wishes and thanks for sharing this

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow - this is such a beautiful lens :) They are so cute :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sweet! ~ I had an experience one summer where the parents and their baby hummers must have thought I was very interesting. They were flying all around me and hovering in my face, playing and knocking each other around in the air. What fun it was, I haven't had that happen before or since. Wonderful birds, and great lens. ~ Thanks!

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      QuiltFinger 7 years ago from Tennessee

      WOW! What an amazing story! I don't know if it's life imitating art, or art imitating life, but that tiny nest is a work of art. How amazing and incredible to see that on your own geranium plant! Thanks for sharing. 5*

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      ¨¨¨°º©©º° This lens has been blessed! °º©©º°¨¨¨

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      RuntFarmSeries 7 years ago

      What a beautiful gift, sharing these sweet photos of your hummer babies growing up! House finches nest every spring outside our kitchen window trellis, and they light up our days :)

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      surviving-2012 7 years ago

      Beautiful!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Why no pics of mama bird??

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry there are no pictures of the mother hummingbird. She would fly off the moment I opened the patio door. A very shy and elusive bird. I promise the next time around that there will be a picture of the mother.

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      What a lens! This should be linked up on Wikipedia, if that could be done. Loved it!

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      dogbuddy 7 years ago

      Great pictures! Nice lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      Jenlin01 7 years ago

      Love you story and pictures and lensrolled to my Backyard habitats. Thanks!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      have flown back over here with a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @delia-delia: Thank you for flying back like a homing pigeon. I truly appreciate being blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      mich1908 7 years ago

      Lovely and interesting lense!

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @PromptWriter: I truly appreciate the blessing. Thank you BigGirlBlue for visiting.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      @RuntFarmSeries: I love it when birds choose our homes to nest. It is a feeling that makes my heart stop for a moment.

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      SallyCin 6 years ago

      I love your lens...I've never actually seen baby hummingbirds. We only get the adults coming to feed on our hummingbird feeder in the summer. They are so majestic! I can't wait, it is almost that time of year again! :D

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      Those are lovely photos -- it makes for quite an educational photo story.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      @KarenTBTEN: I learned a lot about hummingbirds after this encounter in my back porch. It was quite an experience and one I will remember for a long, long time.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Read interesting animals facts at animal news

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Great lens, great photos. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      WritingforYourW 6 years ago

      Such a sweet story and experience. Thanks for posting about your hummingbirds. Love all the pictures!

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      cherylsgifts2go 6 years ago

      I so enjoyed your humming bird story along with the up front and personal pictures. They were not only great but, remarkable. I love hummingbirds. We only see the red-throated hummingbirds in our area. Had one here for awhile but, haven't seen her for a few days now. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful experience. You did a super job!

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      I am wondering where you live and what kind of hummingbirds these are? The lens is extraordinary...what fantastic photos you have! I just saw my first hummingbird of the season in my area of New Hampshire and will link your lens to my blog post there! Also lensrolling to a couple of my birding lenses.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      @dustytoes: I live in Northern California by the Mission Peak Regional Preserve where wildlife sometimes visit my yard. I do not know what kind of hummingbirds were nesting in my geraniums. I do recall these had irridescent greens and browns on their feathers. Another hummingbird built a nest in a different geranium plant, laid 2 eggs and then, both the eggs and mom disappeared thereafter. I thought I had another len to write, but that would be too good to be true. Thank you for linking my lens to your blog.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This has got to be one of the most awesome lens on Squidooo and rightly chosen for LOTD. The photography is extraoridarny. I haven't seen such remarkable copy outside a nature magazine. Great job and thank you for sharing :-)

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      @anonymous: @Sam_Johnson, your compliment made my day. I do a lot of trial and error shots and then pick the best ones. Fortunately, these hummingbirds did not mind me being 6 inches

      away from them while I was clicking away. On several occasions, the hummers started chirping with their beaks up in the air because they probably thought I was their mom coming with some treats.

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      carredsal 6 years ago

      That was awesome!!!!!! I love Hummingbird's and this lens was the best of the best! How in the world did you get those pictures? Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      @carredsal: I stood on the bench attached to the trellis to take the pictures. Most of the time, I was only a few inches from the nest. Lucky me.

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      frances lm 6 years ago

      What a fantastic lens. How lucky you were to be able to see and capture the hummingbird's story. Really enjoyed it. Thanks.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Superb lens, and I love the photos! They are such beautiful birds.

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      spiritartist 6 years ago

      I LOVE THIS!! GREAT JOB! Although I have Hoards of Hummers here, I have yet to see a nest. How LUCKY are YOU! 5*'s, a fav. and lensroll from me!! W O W !!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I enjoyed your lens tremendously, so I wanted to share this marvelous video of a baby hummingbird that a friend alerted me to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7xBLvMIBZU

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks @vallain for visiting this lens. There is a new nest in my yard with hatchlings and I am busy taking stills and videos for my next lens.

      Thanks for the video clip of the rescued baby hummer. It was so heartwarming.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Came back to leave an ~*~* Angel Blessing *~*~ on this most beautiful lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is such a beautiful lens. I am so glad you took these photos so we could share your lovely experience. We don't have humming birds in the UK but we do get robins and blackbirds nesting in our garden but the nests are too inaccessible to be abke to take photos.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Thank you for visiting this lens. It was an experience that would be difficult not to share with nature lovers. There are some robins and other birds nesting up in the trees, but these are too inconvenient to get to, even with a ladder. I tried this once and gave up.

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      Kimberly Napper 6 years ago from U.S.

      What an incredible experience, and a beautiful lens. *SquidAngel Blessed*

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      How wonderful! You have put together a brilliant photogigawoof essay.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Ohhhhh.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your lens!! This pics are so fantastic. What a wonderful experience you had with these little birdies! Wow!

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      So beautifully, wondrously inspiring!

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      Yes I enjoyed it, very cool lens. Never had hummingbirds in my back yard but we do get a quail family every year and sometimes mourning doves.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is the best lens I have ever read on hummingbirds. What a brilliant real-life depiction of the birds and the snaps.

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      BusyQueen 6 years ago

      Congrats, a well deserved lens of the day! WTG! Awesome+ Job and yes I love hummingbirds, my favorite bird.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      @BusyQueen: Thank you for the kudos on the hummingbirds lens. I have another lens on hummingbirds who abandoned their nest and grew up in my homemade knitted nests. Do stop by and see what you think.

      http://www.squidoo.com/a-home-for-hummingbirds.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a wonderful lens. I'm so jealous. We don't get humming birds in Britain, but I've always been fascinated by them.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a wonderful lens. Wish we had hummingbirds in Britain, but it's too cold for them.

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      Great photos! We have hummingbirds although I have no idea why, our house seems pretty inhospitable to them. (no shelter, no feeder, cats, not that many flowers...)

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      I'd never seen them in their nest. How cool! Hummingbirds are so amazing. We have them here in Arizona and they get so brave sometimes that they come up and flutter right in your face until they realize your red shirt isn't a flower. Great job on this lens!

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      JimH 6 years ago

      Wonderful chronicle of an amazing series of events

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      daoine lm 6 years ago

      This is such a lovely lens. It must have been such a treat to watch it all happen in your garden. Hopefully they choose you again next year.

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      SelfAndSource 6 years ago

      Very Much So. Hummingbirds are very spiritual birds. To be blessed with 2 of them is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Great. Congratulations.

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      sewjr24 6 years ago

      We visited my parents a couple of months ago and my mom must have had 20+ humming birds buzzing around her garden. They were fascinating to watch. Great lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      I love hummingbirds. We have ruby throated birds that annualy fly up from South America and find their way to the feeder at my back door.

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      I'm back to bless and feature ( http://www.squidoo.com/100-blessings ) this lens...it is absolutely one of my favs! I have actually even told people about the baby birds pooping outside the nest to help mom out...I learned so much from this lens...whenever our hummingbird visits I think of this lens and how tiny those little eggs must have been...how lucky you were to be able to photograph and observe these tiny little ones.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      What a sweet surprise and wonderful photos! This is precious.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Just coming back to bless this wonderfully written, compassionate, and inspiring lens.

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      Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

      You're so lucky!!! I love the video of them lying on their backs.

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      Stopping by to give a blessing.

      Adding to my favorites, lensrolling, and blessing.

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      Very, very nice lens. When we lived in South Texas we had hummers all the time. Haven't managed to attract any in our current location near Dallas. Sure do miss those little guys.

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      spider-girl 6 years ago

      Amazing lens!

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      Kitty Levee 6 years ago

      What a fantastic experience!

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      This remains one of my favorite lenses of all time. Blessed by another Squid Angel ~

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago

      A wonderful lens. Thank you for sharing.

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      your photo's are incredible. Very much enjoyed this lens as I very much enjoy nature and the world we live in!!

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      straw-hut 6 years ago

      I enjoyed this so much. Thank you. Beautiful. I have a special place in my heart for hummingbirds as I have rescued 3 from my garage in the past 2 years.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Just totally adorable!!! I have enjoyed watching these two little sweeties grow up! Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures with us!

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      This is one of my favorite bird lenses. I am back to give it a blessing.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      This remains, in my view, the most stunning lens on Squidoo. *-* Blessed*-* and featured on Angel blessings for Dogs on Squidoo - Other Pet Lenses

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Blessed by a Squid Angel**

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! *blessed*

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I'm back to bless this beautiful hummingbird lens. :)

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      Charles Nullens 6 years ago from London

      What an amazing lens, I just loooove the pictures. The caption voting is very funny!

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      awesome, what a wonderful gift from nature!

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      Michelle Collins 6 years ago from Florida

      What a sweet lens! <3 it!

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      Michelle Mafra 6 years ago from Corona CA

      So special! I am so glad you captured this beautiful miracle:)

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      What a wonderful experience and beautiful lens. Blessings from a squid angel.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      This is one very cool lens.

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      Love this lens and the hummingbirds are so cute!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      absolutely stunning!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      What a charming lens, with gorgeous pictures. Very lovely, and enjoyable to read.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Amazing lens on hummingbirds! Beautifully written and photographed.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      This is a BEAUTIFUL lens! Ohh what a wonderful experience to have had these little birds in your yard. So sweet and dear.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Stopped by to leave a blessing. :-) I expect my first hummer of the season any day now. Can't wait! Pure magic! I've always loved this lens. Thank you!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      this is an amazing lens! thank you for sharing! cheers

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      NYtoSCimjustme 6 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE hummingbirds, and revel each spring with their return to my feeders... I already caught sight of one this year and know that it won't be long until they play 'kamikaze' with each other fighting over the feeder - we have possessive hummers in South Carolina apparently ;) Loved the story, the pictures and I hope one day to be as lucky/blessed as you to witness such an amazing story of birth and independence. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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      selena1003 6 years ago

      Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience!

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      ChrisDay LM 5 years ago

      Lovely lens - well-deserved purple star.

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      Linda Hahn 5 years ago from California

      I love this lens & I love hummingbirds. Lensrolling this to my Trees Please & My Pal The Great Horned Owl.

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      ColorPetGifts 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this hummingbird story - especially the pictures, they are amazing. Really made me smile. -:)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Enjoyed the lens very much. That must have been fun, watching them grow.

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      LikinTrikin LM 5 years ago

      One of my favorite lenses!!!!! Angel blessings to you this holiday weekend

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      Sensitive Fern 5 years ago

      I loved this lens when I first saw it and have come back to give you a special Memorial Day blessing. it's listed on my Creative Squid blog, too.

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      artshock 5 years ago

      What a rare and amazing gift for you to experience! Unbelievable...

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      marckq 5 years ago

      Wow, this is awesome! what a beautiful lens. The hummingbirds are amazing!

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      Chris-H LM 5 years ago

      How sweet! I love hummingbirds :p

      You take beautiful photographs and from what I can see it looks like you have a lovely garden.

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      Nimsy LM 5 years ago

      The hummingbirds story is sooo cute and the photos and vids extraordinarily beautiful. I especially liked the piccie where you compare the nest to your hand - that's when I realised how tiny and delicate it was...

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      Tracy Smith 5 years ago from Maryville, TN

      What an amazing story. It was so nice to see pictures. My mother loves humming birds.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      You are very lucky to share such as awesome experience with a hummingbird family. Awesome photos and a great lens!

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      Nicole_Anderson 5 years ago

      This is such a cool lens, I envy you soo much, how wonderful to have such beauty so close by and even better to see it flourish right before your very eyes... Thank you for sharing. Wishing you all the very best.

      Nicole.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      This is a very good lens, you were fortunate enough to witness one of nature's miracles. I commend you for your patience. See you around the galaxy...

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      kimpaul 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Congratulations on your purple star! Hummingbirds are so wonderful. This is great how you documented everything for us to see. Thanks for sharing.

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      gogolf162 5 years ago

      Remarkable! I bet a nature magazine would love these pictures.

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      phoenix arizona f 5 years ago

      What beautiful birds.

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      fajack 5 years ago

      this is rare moment , great lens :)

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      mcgemstones 5 years ago

      Great pictures. Very nice lens.

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      A wonderful story, and photos of Hummingbirds growing up in your garden ... sweet video!

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      straw-hut 5 years ago

      This lens is awesome!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      Watching baby hummingbirds grow would be so cool! I rarely see the hummingbirds except when they are migrating. They'll stop in my yard for a day or two before moving on.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Wonderful. I would love to have baby hummingbirds in the garden.

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      Wonderful experience to watch hummingbirds from egg to young fledgling. Great view from your pictures. Really enjoyed this

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      So cool! Added to my Hummingbird nectar lens :)

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      What a beautiful, cheery chronicle! Thank you for this.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Charming Pictures!

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Awesome lens. I love hummingbirds.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Your love of hummingbirds and of nature shines through this lens. Beautiful! Loved the videos, too,

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      I Loved reading your story of the hummingbirds and what beautiful and special photos! I had the privilege of watching baby blackbirds grow up in a nest in our garden and it was a very special time.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I came back to bless this lens. It is an awesome work of art. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Returned to bless this lens and congratulate you on LOTD. It was always a winner in my mind and now featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      Anahid LM 5 years ago

      Hi beautiful story and you are lucky and blessed to see all the miracle of nature. let god bless you and i wish you well. Anna

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been on your lens for ages, I have a special fondness for hummingbirds, and would be thrilled as you were to be honored with a nest in my garden. My first hummingbird visited last year, I can't wait for their return. blessed...

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens - photos - everything!!!!

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      LoveAndBeyond 5 years ago

      Beautiful Lens, Love the photos!

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      LoveAndBeyond 5 years ago

      Beautiful Lens, Love the photos!

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      LoveAndBeyond 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens and great pictures!

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      What a cool spring surprise.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What an amazing little slice of nature in your own backyard - a story perfectly complimented by your photos! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Wow - you must have hummingbird medicine! Fabulous lens! Great photos.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I decided to pin this on http://www.pinterest.com/pmbc - it's your first pin.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      Awesome pictures!

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      mjtaylor lm 5 years ago

      What a sweet lens! How amazing that you could capture it for us! You were blessed by a 'hummingbird' angel!

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      jmatts1 5 years ago

      Incredible story and pictures/videos, thanks for documenting and sharing

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      FunNaturePhotog 5 years ago

      Loved this! I would go crazy with happiness if I found a hummingbird nest and got to watch as they developed. We have a lot of rufous hummers around now so I'm going to start poking around a little in the many trees surrounding our property where they hang out. I really enjoyed reading this story and looking at your photos and videos! Hope you get some more hummingbirds nesting...I wonder if they return to the same spot?

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is so sweet! How wonderful that you caught them as eggs and were able to keep photographing them!

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      I have never seen anything like this before! Wonderful lens!

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      vegetablegardenh 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens, love it!

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      ikehook lm 4 years ago

      great lens thanks for the hard work

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      Einar A 4 years ago

      What a treat to get to see this process up close! I've seen a hummingbird nest in the wild, but have never been that close to the babies as they grew up!

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      WaynesWorld LM 4 years ago

      Sure did, I found a nest once upon a post used to keep a tree propped up. Blended in so perfectly and small.

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      This is so Awesome. I never had the opportunity to see this and so close up. How exciting.

      I am hoping to see little duckling soon. The parents come everyday to visit and eat.

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      livingfrontiers 4 years ago

      What a gift nature gave you on your doorstep...thank you for the lovely story and documentation. They grow up so fast!

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      HenkWillemse 4 years ago

      Great story, you are really lucky to have had this experience.

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      Just wonderful...what marvelous photos, and a perfect record of the whole event. Thank you so much...I really loved this, it was a pleasure to visit here. Angel blessings

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      Aquavel 4 years ago

      I love this lens. The pictures, the story, everything. It made me very happy inside!

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      Auntie-M LM 4 years ago

      What a charming story. You must truly feel blessed by real little angels in the form of tiny hummingbirds.

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      iWrite4 4 years ago

      wow, this was so interesting story! i really enyojed reading it!

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      You are very lucky to have that kind of guests in your home. *blessed*

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      Budeni 4 years ago

      How cute is that? Thanks for taking the time to create such a great lens. :-)

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      Very much. I just told someone about your beautiful adventure 2 days ago. I feel like a gramma to 5 new ducklings that mama brought over to us. I put photos of them on my new Best Father s Day Gift Ideas lens. So precious. I took a really close up photo too.

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      lyttlehalfpint 4 years ago from Canada

      I loved this story ... and the pictures brought it all alive. Excellent article, totally enjoyed my visit!

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      Find-Online 4 years ago

      This is wonderful, giving us the chance to follow the growth of the baby birds, from hatching to ready to fly. Thanks!

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      DIY Mary 4 years ago

      What a beautiful and heartwarming lens!

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      PeacefieldFarm LM 4 years ago

      I'll have to show this to my daughter. We love watching the hummingbirds in our garden. How amazing to find their nest. Thanks for sharing.

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      This has to be one of the most precious lenses I have seen, the pictures of these little baby birds growing up are amazing. What a treat for my morning coffee today :)

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      Lenskeeper 4 years ago

      Blessed by SquidAngel. Thank you for sharing this experience with Squidoo readers. Nice job on this lens. I love watching hummingbirds, but have never gotten an up-close look such as this!

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Nipped back to Bless this great lens.

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      The hummingbird babies are adorable, and your photos are amazing!

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      sunny saib 4 years ago

      wow..

      amazing pictures.. and some really persistent monitoring you did there..

      if i was an angel i would bless this lens twice.. its one of the most beautiful lenses i have come across.. .. .. :) amazing photos...!

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      masunyoananda 4 years ago

      No words to describe this lens. Love it. Thanks a lot for this great sharing of yours.

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      rallo-smith 4 years ago

      Absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing this amazing, once in a lifetime experience

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      sandi_x 4 years ago

      Great post and great photos

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      What_to_Know 4 years ago

      I never seen a nest before

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Amazing Lens. Beautiful Pictures

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      fullofshoes 4 years ago

      I have read a lot of lenses and love many but this is definitely at the top of my list of favorites, so beautifully done.... ~blessed~

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      sunny saib 4 years ago

      stopping by again.. wanted some really good lens to begin my day with :)

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      JessyGene 4 years ago

      Wow, what an incredible lens! Congrats on lotd; you certainly deserved it!

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      Sarah-Jessica 4 years ago

      So magic, you were blessed. Beautiful pictures!

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      intermarks 4 years ago

      I have seen hummingbird before but I could never imagine how the hummingbird's egg looks like. Thanks for sharing this interesting hummingbird story.

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      Nirmal Shah 4 years ago from India

      One of the best lenses I've come across on Squidoo yet.

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      irubucom 4 years ago

      Amazing photos thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes very well presented

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      Caromite 4 years ago

      I love your lens! Great photos, hummingbirds are so beautyful. I'm a little bit sad that there are no hummingbirds in Germany.

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      Lindrus 4 years ago

      Wow, what a wonderful, precious experience! Thanks for a great lens!

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      ArthurF LM 4 years ago

      Those birds are so cute. I wish I could see more hummingbirds but they don't appear often where I live.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      This was wonderful, the photo superb, a rare and magical experience. Now I want to get some hanging plants for the many hummingbirds in my yard. Thank you.

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      Great photos! I love this lens. Thanks!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      This was one of the first lenses that I found when I returned to Squidoo. It's a truly amazing story. So I came back to enjoy it again.

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      stevel58 4 years ago

      Thanks for the lens, will revisit.

      Sadly no Humming Birds in my country, although was very lucky to spot one in Florida whilst on holiday

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      clayva 4 years ago

      I showed this to my kids and they were so amazed! We have Hummingbirds zooming all over our back yard but the only nest we ever saw was never inhabited, so this was great to see.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      @clayva: Thanks for stopping by. This was quite an experience for me and I felt I had to share this with everyone.

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      ResearchAddict 4 years ago

      Yes! Great lens and a fantastic documentary. I have hummingbirds in my yard. I'll have to check next spring for a nest!

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      irubucom 4 years ago

      Good coverage of the subject. I have had a few opportunities to capture these beautiful creatures on film. A challenging subject to say the least but so amazing.

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      Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      This was fantastic!

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      SianaL 4 years ago

      So sweet! I love humming birds!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi so glad I was able to read this, great story. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie, and added to my lens Squid Angel flinnie.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, it was a great story - thanks for sharing!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is a most charming, heartwarming, beautifully told and wonderfully photographed lens! Blessed with love by this SquidAngel!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just loveable. The pictures are so professional.

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      Love these pictures. Great job! * Blessed *

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      PhilominaTheSicilian 4 years ago

      What a miracle and so heartwarming! Thank you! Warm & fuzzies all over!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Awesome photos. I was just working on a hummingbird lens yesterday. I love it!

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      How beautiful !!!

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      esichrissa 4 years ago

      i want to like this lens over and over again. lovely photos and nice documentation

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Oh...My....GOSH!!!! I cannot believe this incredible lens, and cannot believe I've never seen it before today! You can SERIOUSLY sell those photos!! I have hummers, and John and I are always saying, "I really wish we could see a nest..." Just last month, I filmed a video of our Eastern Phoebes leaving the nest! (I'm "mountainoceankath" on youtube if you want to see that video).

      This is one of the most incredible lenses I think I have ever seen! Just incredible!

      Huge Squid Hugs and Angel Blessings to you my friend!! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This lens in amazing. Your pictures are wonderful. You must have been thrilled to be able to watch the whole process.

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      sunny saib 4 years ago

      :)

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      sunny saib 4 years ago

      :)

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      wedpittsburgh lm 4 years ago

      Oh what an awesome lens!!! I love birds and this was a beautiful story!

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      MayaIxchel 4 years ago

      What a lovely lens! Beautiful story and photos! Thank you so much for sharing! I keep adding hummer loving plants to our garden in hopes that they might stay for a bit.

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Beautiful photograph of baby hummingbirds. They're so cute. Angel Blessings**

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      Tobint44 LM 4 years ago

      Great lens!I featured your lens on mine, https://hubpages.com/animals/how-to-catch-a-hummin . Check it out.

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      I get humming birds in my garden and feel so blessed. Excellent lens

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      Kay 4 years ago

      Wow, your page is just incredible. I so enjoyed watching your season of hummingbirds! Blessed!

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      dahlia369 4 years ago

      Amazing story and photos, thank you for sharing!! :)

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      Barbara Casey 4 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      Not everyone would have had the patience and creativity to document this event. Now the whole world can enjoy it.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Captured and documented so well. I enjoyed this very much.

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      JuliaAnnPayne 4 years ago

      very nice lens...

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      What an amazing lens. I really enjoyed seeing the progression of the hummingbirds new life. Great job and thank you for sharing!

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      forextrading2000 4 years ago

      Great and very informative lens. I loved the way you put all the information and illustrations. It was interesting to read. Thank you.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens. You are so fortunate to see them grow up. We have Anna's and Rufous Hummingbirds here and I can always tell when they babies come to my feeders both because of their size and because they don't quite know what to do. I have not been fortunate enough to see a nest.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      That is so sweet and amazing! I just moved and I noticed I have a very little tree under my kitchen window that the birds love to hang out in. I'm hoping for a nest this spring ;) *Blessed*

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      What an incredible place for them to nest and you were so lucky to be able to follow their progress until they left the nest. Blessed.

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      The most engaging lens I've come across! What a blessing to be witness to this!

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Wow, the pictures are so amazing. Really incredible. Wow.

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Nicely arrange. I love the pictures you took. Thumbs up for your lens.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Beautiful lens and photos! Thank you for sharing this lovely nature story!

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      What a great story! I loved it from the beginning to the end! Wonderful lens!!! Thanks a lot for sharing your experience.

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      What a great experience. It is so rare, at least here, to see hummingbirds nevermind find a nest. Thank you for sharing the story and the great pictures.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens. I've always enjoyed feeding them.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Back for a visit. I love this lens.

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      webscribbler 3 years ago

      Oh how very lucky that you spotted their nest! It must have been so exciting watching the whole cycle from birth to flight.

      What kind of birds are they? Your hummers look browner and rounder than the ones we have.

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      BarbsSpot 3 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Wow, what a beautiful photographic story of the Hummingbirds who shared your garden! Congratulations on the LOTD pick and the Purple Star award!

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      mistaben 3 years ago

      Valuable information and Beautiful pictures you got here! Great stuff.

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      bornot2b1 3 years ago

      Love your gorgeous photos... So beautiful (the birds and your lens)!

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      MakeHairBows 3 years ago

      Amazing...

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      VineetBhandari 3 years ago

      Wow!!!!! (this is the only word came to my mind while going through your lens)

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      Chuck Nelson 3 years ago from California

      Great story and photo documentation.

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      LorLinda 3 years ago from Denver Colorado

      Very beautiful lens Wow!!

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      aleesya_aqilah 3 years ago

      amazing

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      ramonabeckbritman 3 years ago

      WOW!!! You are one lucky person. I could only wish I had hummingbirds growing up in my back yard and they were close enough for me to watch them grow. Awesome Lens!

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      Paula Hite 2 years ago from Virginia

      This has to be one of my favorite subjects and lenses! What a wonderful gift you had that year!

      I shared your lens on our G+ page today too!

      https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10593843672309975630...

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