I should have posted this a week ago, since the baby hummingbirds are already starting to feather out, but there is still much to see in this little hummingbird family. I have been tuning in every day to visit a nest, home to a mother hummingbird and two babies. The babies started out as naked, alien-looking things, and I am in awe that they have been able to survive at all. The website consists of a live streaming video of the nest, so you get to watch what’s happening in real-time. Here’s the setup:
I make sure to tune in every day. There is something strangely calming in checking in on this little family. The mother works so hard in tending to her babies. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Here are some facts about the bird, and the project.
Phoebe is a non-migratory Channel Islands Allen’s Hummingbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen’s_Hummingbird). She builds her nests in a rose bush, and the nest is about the size of a golf ball, with eggs being about the size of a tic-tac candy (Egg Pics). The season for nesting is October through May/early June, and Phoebe will lay four to five clutches per season. One or two eggs are laid per clutch, they hatch after 17 days, and the chicks typically fly three to four weeks later. Phoebe will sometimes build a new nest, but frequently repairs old nests. For more information, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (below).