Thursday, May 7, 2015
We missed the first flight of the fledglings from last year's hummingburd nest, so we tried hard to take videos this year. Luckily, Mike called Chris on the phone just as the last one was leaving the nest, so there is a narration of sorts of this video.
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Friday, May 1, 2015
After a scare last weekend, things have returned to normal at the hummingbird nest. They are growing and the mother feeds regularly. Sometimes, we think she purposely sits on the babies to prevent them from being rowdy.
Monday, April 27, 2015
We have a camera set up that takes pictures of the hummingbird nest every few minutes and transmits them to the Internet. Yesterday, we noticed one baby missing from the nest. After verifying with a few more photos that the baby was missing, we started looking for it under the nest. We found it a few feet away and scooped it up and put it back. After a while, it settled in next to its sibling and we were relieved when the mother returned and fed them both.
They should fledge in about a week, and we will be nervously watching and hoping it doesn't fall out again.
We think the mother has got the message. Today, a windy day, she sat on the nest on top of the chicks.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Finches and Goldfinches
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
We had the first sign that the hummingbird eggs hatched on Saturday. Instead of just sitting on the nest, the mother was observed standing on the side with her beak inside the nest. we didn't want to get close to peek in, so we waited patiently a few days. Finally today, we got a photo of the mother feeding. There were two tiny beaks visible.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Hip, hip, hooray, the hooded Orioles are back in town! Isn't she pretty by the roses? We have gone back and forth on the roses, keep them, pull them out, because they are not drought tolerant. They sure make for pretty photos though, and the birds love eating insects from them. After consulting a rosarian and having him work on our roses, we decided to keep some. We filled the jelly feeder up the very first day we heard the Orioles, and they have found it already so expect lots of pictures of these beautiful and fun birds.