As to some postings about calling Social Services; that call is never going to happen.
In the godforsaken county that I live in; if your house is burning down and you call the fire department, they will send you a bill. If you refuse to pay the bill, I am reasonably certain that they will seize your property and auction it off.
I can only imagine what the county’s response would be if I were to call them about a hummingbird’s nest that isn’t up to code.
Although hummingbirds are beautiful creatures, visiting too often may make the parents abandon the nest and the eggs. Try placing some hummingbirds feeders at approximately 6 to 8 feet from the nest site.
If making your own. Mix three parts water with one part sugar;no honey,food coloring or sweeteners. They will kill the hummingbird. If you want to photograph them make sure to use a zoom lens with a fast shutter speed and a flash unit,even in daylight.
To make a hummingbird feeder;get a plastic water bottle, put a cork in the openings, drill a hole through the cork,insert a bent piece of copper tubing (small one), wrap some red ribbons around the bottle, tie it with some wire or string, invert the bottle and hang near the nest. Change water/sugar mixture every three days, two days if really hot.
I would swear that the eggs are getting bigger. I did not think that such a thing was possible. I’m still not sure, it may just be that my perspective has subconsciously changed now that I’m used to them.
What with this being a transitory event, I have decided to follow a middle-ground for now. Besides, I don’t want to have to deal with duplicate and substandard content hub issues. I have posted a blog entry telling the world all about it. If the reader follows the links, they will end up on this forum thread.
Maybe… I’m the only one who knows about the nest around here. If it were to become common knowledge, it might not go to well for the bird and birds to be. There is one classic-bitch neighbor in particular who I am sure would wreck everything…
I had a hummer nest in my backyard one year. It was situated below eye level so we were able to take occasional peeks. One day I noticed that the eggs were gone-- then I noticed what looked like two tiny drowned insects. They had hatched out! I don't know what happens to the egg shells. We were able to watch (from a distance) as they were being fed and finally left the nest. All turned out well.
Some bird spaces, remove egg shells to make room for their chicks. This is not uncommon. The egg shells that fall to the ground are quickly taken by ants, some lizard species eat them too for their calcium content as well as for the remains of the egg yolk.
I was feeling somewhat depressed about the missed opportunity because of my not having a video cam. Then I got the idea to check youtube. I did a search for “hummingbird egg hatch”. Sure enough, there were already 100+ videos ahead of me; some of which apparently had won awards. Average views ranged from as little as 2 a day up to a 100 a day. That hardly translates into a decent revenue-stream. So, I’m happy to say that I didn’t miss out on some major opportunity here.
If when I checked youtube there hadn’t been all those videos, then that would have been a whole different matter. One way or the other, I would have gotten a hold of a cam and become a legend in my own mind.
PS Temps are supposed to hit low 90's today. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.
For the first time, the bird has been hanging around the nest during the middle of the day. I have spotted him several times. (I don’t know why I keep thinking of the bird as a “him”, when presumably it is a “her”.)
And for whatever reason, they make me think of miniature flying saucers.
I also spotted some sort of black, flying-insect that is darn near as large as the bird. I hope they are friends.
What with the presumably unusual event of the bird hanging around most of the day, I took a quick peek at the eggs when I temporarily didn’t see her. No change.
I hope the trash truck, recycle truck, and green waste trucks don’t scare the daylights out of her tomorrow. If the bird shows up that night after all that, then I would say all the signs are looking good.
Well, looks like the bird is once again hanging around the nest for the day. Saw her flitting here, there, and everywhere.
I was hoping that she would take off elsewhere for the day as she has done in the past; thus avoiding the trash truck, recycle truck, green waste truck, and people racket/noise that is about to ensue all day.
Is the bird a wuss? Or is the bird a bird? Tonight will tell the tale; if/when she returns to the nest.
Btw, a note about the neighborhood cat. I got to observe him up close and personal, which I hadn’t had the opportunity to do in awhile. That fat slob couldn’t jump up two feet; much less four.
How cool! We have a hummingbird nest, too. It is built into the eaves on our back porch. The amazing thing is the materials used for the nest. It looks like shards of glass. A work of art! And, I'm happy to report, our hummingparent, who was equally absent for long periods, did not abandon his/her chicks. Curently we can spot little hummingbird bills sticking up from the edge of the nest. Sooo cute! I hope yours have a happy outcome. Please post photos or videos as you get them!
Good for you. I knew there were hummingbird nest watching videos, but it is much more fun to see it yourself.
One thing that amazed me was to see that the little ones had much shorter bills, and when the mother fed them, they looked a bit like sword-swallowers.
I was also surprised to see "our" nest built at such a low location-- it was practically over our backyard spa pool, in a citrus tree on a branch about 4 feet from ground level. The week before, we had known hummys were building a nest in our neighbor's front yard flowering plum tree-- about 18 ft high-- but we had a severe windstorm which damaged that tree. We surmised that the second attempt at nesting was in a low, but wind-sheltered corner of our backyard.
Though it was hard, we respectfully kept our distance. I often saw the parent bird, hovering above the nest like a guardian angel, looking in every direction, before she settled in.
It sounds like she is having quiet the adventure. It is fun to watch them. We had a nest of them where I once lived. Our neighbors fed them. I wished I would have taken video or pictures. I have enjoyed your posting here. I will be back to see how she does. Good luck Hummer!
I went outside to check on the nest. The bird had crammed herself all the way into it to protect everything. This action both protected the eggs from being flipped out and added additional weight to the nest to help stabilize it.
The male hummingbird does not help raise the babies nor does it help build the nest. They fledglings hatch approximately 18 days after the mother lays the eggs, 90% of the time only two eggs will be laid. They will both hatch the same day and will remain in the nest for about 3 weeks.
If you saw another hummingbird and it was more colorful than the mother, then it was a male, and the mother chases them as well as any other bird away.
On most days, specially cold ones you may find the adult hummingbird "hanging" upside down from a branch by its legs. This occurs because hummingbirds while at rest or cool temperatures, lack of food etc, will go into a torpor or a deep sleep pattern during which their metabolism decreases considerably and will take them several minutes to an hour before they warm up enough to take flight.
There have been no more strong gusts since my previous report. But there does continue to be intermittent, sudden breezes.
As to the original gust; it was strong enough to knock over my across-the-street, neighbor’s vertical rain gutter. Did the bird get back to the nest in time then? I have no idea.
There is no way for me to check if both eggs are still there, since the bird now keeps rapidly leaving and returning and getting back into the nest.
I am retracting my previous statement about the bird not being very bright. The usual wind direction around here is such that if the bird had picked the backyard instead of the front; that nest would very probably be toast now.