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From 29 Aug 2009 Issue

The Birth Of A Hummingbird

Keep in mind the egg is smaller than a tic tac and a quarter fits the opening of the nest! This is truly amazing.

A lady found a hummingbird nest and got pictures all the way from the egg to leaving the nest. It took 24 days from birth to flight. Because you'll probably never in your lifetime see this again, enjoy; and please share.

February 8th, 2005

A tiny bird on a tiny nest. She is holding her head high -- as well she should!

At a chance moment, while she goes for a snack -- we can take a peek at what she has there - -

Wow! Two tiny pearl white eggs, all of 13mm (") long!

One week later. (Feb. 14th) We sneak another peek - - -


After the struggle to break out of his tiny shell, it appears he is just plumb tuckered out!!

A few hours later, our new arrival has recovered and is thinking -- "How about something to eat!!"


February 21, 2005 Another visit with the Hummer family.

Little Mother is there protecting the nest from today's rain showers.

Sooner or later she must leave to renew her energy reserve.

And this is the progress report - - -

Yes, let us look a little closer - - -

February 25th Just checking - -

They're getting fuzzzie - -

A closer view - -
Their stubby little beaks are growing - -

Traces of the Allen's breed color are bursting from those tiny pin-feathers.

March 1st, 2005 Growing,

And gaining more color - -

March 4th, 2005

Rain has been falling, but it appears that Mom has kept the babes safe and dry - -

Sleepy time - -

Won't be long now!!

March 7th, 2005

At the ripe old age of 21 days, the brave one has left the nest, he is likely in that tangle of vines and Poison Oak, but I couldn't locate him. I could hear Mom scolding me, though!

March 9th, 2005

Feel that empty feeling? Yes, they've both left the nest -- Happy Landings to them!!

For a size comparison: A toothpick is 2" long, a penny is " in diameter.

My thanks to Maggie! For it was she who first located this nest.


These photos were captured by a Panasonic DMC FZ20 digital camera. It's wonderful 12x zoom lens, managed to reach into that jungle and retrieve these images without creating too much stress for Mom and the babies.

(Photos were edited with a computer.) All photos by Vel. (Verle33) .

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