Hummers

by Melissa Quinton
(British Columbia ,Canada)

the nest

the nest

the nest
one babe 1 day hatched
2 babes 2 days hatched
babes  at 20 days hatched before they leave nest


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I found this hummingbird nest in my Rhodo tree and was fascinated from the moment I saw it ...photos show the journey from eggs to fledglings ...I have about 28 photos in total of the progression.

MODERATOR COMMENTS:

We are so thankful to Melissa for sharing these wonderful photographs with us. How amazing to see this progression of baby hummingbirds hatching in their nest.
Many of us have never seen this remarkable event. Hummingbird nests are tiny. They are about the size of a walnut shell and very hard to spot.
Hummingbirds look for a water source when seeking locations to build their nests because humidity is needed for the development of the embryo. Often hummingbirds build their nests near streams, ponds, and lakes. Of course, they will also look for a reliable food source. They do not travel far from the nest to feed the new babies. So a location with lots of nectar from flowers is preferred. The nests must be somewhat protected from the elements making them even more difficult to see.
Many hummingbird enthusiasts spend a lot of time searching for the elusive chance to find a hummingbird nest.
Once in a while, someone is lucky enough to spot a hummingbird nest. In this case, it was Melissa, with a generosity to share her exciting photos.

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Mar 01, 2012
Memories
by: Michele

I don't have any hummingbirds at my house.I love to watch them at my mother's on the farm. We sit outside on her backporch and have some great long talks. All the while, we are entertained by the lovely hummingbirds. For me, a city person now, this is a transformation back to the peace I need. There is something special about hummingbirds. So whenever I see pictures of hummingbirds, I am reminded of my childhood on the farm. These pictures of hummingbird eggs that hatched into baby hummingbirds really touched my heart. Thank you.

Mar 01, 2012
John
by: Anonymous

I enjoyed watching the progression of hummingbird eggs as they developed. How interesting to see them in the nest just after they hatched.Great photography.

Mar 01, 2012
John
by: Anonymous

I enjoyed watching the progression of hummingbird eggs as they developed. How interesting to see them in the nest just after they hatched.Great photography.

Mar 01, 2012
Eggs
by: MaryJean

Wow! This is just amazing. I have 3 hummingbird feeders and lots of flowers.My hummingbirds especially love my Bee Balm.Last year I planted more because they seem to make my hummers very happy. They are always at them. I have never seen a hummingbird nest. Next year I will get some Hummer nesting material and watch where they go.Then maybe, I can see a nest. How did you ever get so many pictures. They're great. Thanks for showing us.

Jul 15, 2011
baby hummers
by: Betty Davis

I do so appreciate you posting the pix of the hummer nest and babies hatching. That was very impressive. We have oodles of feeders but I have not been able to detect where they are flying to the nests. thanks!!!

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