Hummingbirds on the Nest

April 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The first day of life for any animal is quite amazing. Thank you Patrick and Kim for sharing the first day for these hummingbirds with me. Glorious to watch the mother feed nearly continuously and deliver nectar to their little beaks. It’s hard to overstate the thrill of watching quietly for the return of the mother. She may vocalize a clicking noise, or simply continue her hunt for easy prey as she returns.

Darting in all directions, the chicks wake to their mother’s approach. She cases the nest and ducks behind protective leaves. Perched, she starts the regurgitation process. And then suddenly jams her beak into the receiving snout of a little chick. Maybe a little slurry of food is visible. The chick rises to try to grab more. She turns to the other and repeats.

In under a minute she’s transferred calories and moisture and flies off. Another 20-40 minutes of watchful waiting to see what happens differently the next time. So good.

Day-Old Hummingbird FeedingDay-Old Hummingbird FeedingDay-old hummingbird chick in the nest being fed by its mother.

Berkeley, CA
March 26, 2017
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Day-Old Hummingbird FeedingDay-Old Hummingbird FeedingDay-old hummingbird chick in the nest being fed by its mother.

Berkeley, CA
March 26, 2017
Day-Old Hummingbird FeedingDay-Old Hummingbird FeedingDay-old hummingbird chick in the nest being fed by its mother.

Berkeley, CA
March 26, 2017
     

 


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