Do you want to find a hummingbird nest and witness the amazing birth and beginning days of a hummingbird's life?
Most of us are awe inspired at the very thought of how tiny a nest and eggs must be.
Why does it help us to use the nesting material in order to see a nest? Hummingbirds are masters of nest building. We certainly were not surprised to hear this. These birds never cease to intrigue us.
Read through all the information here to learn about them and watch the video below which demonstrates how you can find a nest using a nesting material kit!
Not only are the nests tiny, they are usually well hidden because of being decorated with moss, lichen, grass and bark. In a further effort to protect them from predators, hummingbirds sometimes hide nests under leaves.
Using the nesting material kit gives you a much greater chance to see the nest. Imagine watching the babies as they grow and mature. Important to know is that you are helping the hummingbirds.
If you are located in a city or a location without many trees, nesting material can be even more valuable to the survival of hummingbirds. Even if your property does have trees, the hummingbirds still enjoy the easy access to nesting materials.
You might even prevent them from being caught in a spider's web,
while trying to acquire the webbing they sometimes use to build their
nests. Hummingbirds are losing some natural habitat today and appreciate
all we do for them.
The "Nesting Material Kit" may help!
Hummingbirds will return year after year and find the material from the kit to rebuild their nests. Those females that were born the year before will also return and use the material to build a new one.
Keep an eye out for them to gather the material and follow them to their nest.
Once found, you can monitor it to observe their life cycle from eggs to newborns.
Few people have actually ever seen a nest.
Once again, we are talking about the amazing hummingbird.
So nothing can ever be dull!
There are several similarities and some differences between the species in regard to hummingbird nesting. They are not always the same size. Some species of hummingbirds build them only about half the size of a walnut shell. Other larger species build them proportionately bigger.
Hummingbird nests are built with soft plant fibers and leaves. Most hummingbirds use spider silk as threads to bind their nest together.
How cute is that?
Usually they are tiny cup shapes with cozy spongy bottoms for the comfort of the babies. (Yes, they are good mommies.)
It is interesting that certain species return to the same nest in successive years to rebuild. (what a memory!) So it ends up with a layered appearance at the base.
It is fascinating that they have elastic sides that stretch as the babies grow.
Most are built in shrubs and trees from 10 feet to an incredible 90 feet high depending on species. Some species build them wherever they can hide them, for example, within hummingbird vines, rose and other bushes.
One of our visitors, a member of the Pennsylvania Audubon Society, had a returning Ruby-throat occupy the same nest in one of her maple trees from year to year. Maple trees are one of the preferred trees for nesting because the large leaf serves as an "umbrella/roof".
We can plant trees and shrubs to provide the shelter they need. Especially helpful would be trees and shrubs with soft fibers such as Pussy Willows, American Elm, Poplar, Cottonwood, and Mulberry. Grow flowers and vines with soft foliage. Clematis and honeysuckle are very good examples.
It's probably not practical for the average hummingbird fan to stock spider webs and lichens in their yard.
But there is a man-made alternative!
"Hummer Helper" is the first commercially available nesting material product that has proven appealing to hummingbirds and endorsed by the Hummingbird Society.
The all-natural material (specially processed with oil left in) is contained in a wire frame painted red to attract a hummingbird's eye. It has the potential to help bring in more hummers close by where you can observe them, and to increase the odds that they will nest near you.
Purchase this Nesting Material Kit.
Here is a gorgeous photo of a Female Allens' Hummingbird in the process of building her nest shared by our friend Jodi Newell in Irvine, California!
Don Howard shared this photo of a hummingbird nest in a most peculiar spot on a bracket of an awning support.
Don managed to get a photo of the eggs in the nest when mama flew off for food.
With the diminishing habitat for hummingbirds today.
We can do our part to help the hummingbird survive.
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