These nests are very hard to spot because they are so small and so well camouflaged. Luckily I spotted this strange looking nest, the size of a table-tennis ball built around a protruding nail and I monitored what was going on. The mother hummingbird must have sat on the eggs for about 19 days and at the end of the incubation period two nestlings were welcomed into this world.
Did you know after one week, the nestlings will be covered in little fuzzy feathers making them look like a miniature prickly balls. They will usually have enough feathers to regulate their own body heat by about nine days after hatching. Then the mother will no longer need to sit on the nest all the time. Anyway, this works well since the nestlings are too big for the mother to fit inside the nest.
Did you know at three weeks old, the nestlings are now looking more like a real hummingbirds and are testing out their wings more and more in preparation for flight. In the next few days, these baby hummingbirds will fly away as real adult hummingbirds, never to return to the nest. The mother hummingbird will still feed her fledgings for two to three days after leaving the nest. During this time, she will show them all the good places to catch bugs and get nectar and then she will chase them off to live on their own.
Did you know Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backward, hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down?
Did you know both animals and humans can easily look right at a hummingbird nest and think it is just a small knot on a tree limb?
Remember when you find a hummingbird’s nest or any bird’s nest, do not to touch it. The hummingbirds will not be able to smell your scent, but the predators can. By touching the nest, you can lead a predator right to it. If you find any bird’s nest, take a photograph, but leave it alone. A hummingbird may want to try to re-use the nest.
Photo credit: A.Aimable