Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hummingbird Nest

Last month my husband discovered a hummingbird nest on an oleander bush that he was about to trim.

mother broad-billed hummingbird


The hummingbird had fastened the tiny nest onto a dried branch in a way that was hard to see, but once I knew where to look, I could view it from the kitchen window.

mother


Only one of two eggs hatched.


The baby grew quickly

baby hummingbird in nest

and was soon out of the nest.

baby

mother hummingbird feeding baby


Just in case the mother hummer wants to use the same nest again, we'll wait awhile before trimming the oleander bush.

Linking to Saturday's Critters at Viewing Nature with Eileen.

44 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Wow, that is really cool to find the hummer nest in your bush! The photos are awesome. I love the shot with the young one being fed. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

June Caedmon said...

What a wonderful opportunity, Diane! I have a friend in Scottsdale who has two nests on different ficus trees on his patio. They haven't been able to use their patio all summer, lol! I've been following Bella the hummingbird's cam this summer and she's had three different clutches so far. You can find her through the explore {dot} org website if you're interested. Great photos - thanks so much for sharing!

TexWisGirl said...

just AWESOME!

carolann said...

That is a first to me. Nice.

I have never ever seen a nest but I do not believe in Canada they have one here. As Canadians wait till they fly to us from warm climate such as yours.

Between the robin first sighting. Then comes our fav. Everyone yells the humming birds are back. Ya. Everyone already has the bird feeders all set up.

We seem to get the ones that are green humming birds in our area.

Giga said...

Beautifully mother with a child look like. I love those tiny beautiful birds. Regards.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome photos! I love the one of the mother feeding the baby.

Prospero said...

Wonderful pictures, Diane.

We have many oleanders here. I wish a family of hummingbirds would move in!

angryparsnip said...

So wonderful.
I have Humming birds around but I don't know where the nest is.
What a beautiful little baby. And the nest is so charming and beautiful.
Baby Hummingbird is darling.
I have two tiny finch nests woven on paloverde trees.
One each in the front and back yard.
The wind blows but the nests stays.

cheers, parsnip


RLUPhoto said...

These are wonderful! I would love to get a photo of a hummingbird. I placed a feeder in our backyard, and I am patiently waiting for one to stop by for a visit. Great pictures!

rainfield61 said...

It is so awesome to find a new neighbour.

Barb said...

What a great sequence of shots! I'd love to see one of their miniscule nests. We have the hummers back here at high altitude, but I don't know if they nest here. The weather is so changeable.

Hannah said...

The tiny nest is so beautifully made. I love the way the mother's tail sticks up when she sits on it. The baby did grow so quickly and looked more like an adult so fast too! The photo with the mother feeding the baby is adorable.

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Ela said...

Oh ! It's amazing to watch the bird life !!
Gorgeous serie of photos !!
Happy Sunday !

Roberta Warshaw said...

Great shots of those tiny little birds.....

Laura. M said...

Precious photos with colobrí inside. Nice family;)
Good Sunday.
Besos.

Marie C said...

These are incredible shots! I would give ANYTHING if I had had a decent camera and tried to get photos of the hummingbird nest we had on our back porch in the ivy 36 years ago! I have a few really bad pictures. What a missed opportunity! Yours are wonderful!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great sequence of photos. So nice that you have the prime view of the beginning of little hummingbird's life.
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Loree said...

That's so special. I can't believe you got to see the whole process of the little bird being born and leaving the nest.

Prospero said...

Hi again Diane. Since we are on the subject of oleander, do you know if Thevetia peruviana grows in Arizona? The flower on my recent post was Thevetia peruviana, which is also known as Yellow Oleander or Mexican Oleander.

Diane AZ said...

Hi Prospero, I haven't seen any Yellow Oleander around here, just the Nerium kind which are extremely popular because of their drought tolerance. I do like the slender leaves of the Thevetia peruviana. :)

Lrong Lim said...

Wow, beautiful images indeed... I have never seen a hummingbird before... probably never will in my part of the world...

maryaustria said...

Wonderful photos of all those beautiful birds! Amazing!!

maccandace said...

So sweet. I worry so much about trimming this time of year and worry when I see neighbors doing it but I can't run over there and act all crazy (I guess). I've never seen a Broad-Billed.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello,

how fortunate your husband found the nest before trimming. It is very interesting to know how the bird built its nest. You are very lucky to watch these birds from your kitchen window. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos.

Best wishes.

Darla said...

Utterly charming! Thank you for sharing this lovely photo essay as the wee one grew; what an amazing nest!

Bushra S said...

Wonderful....it is so lovely...

Betty Manousos said...

aww, what tiny little birds. beautiful photos as usual.

happy Fourth of July!
xoxo

Celeste said...

What an absolute delight to be able to watch the entire process. I am pretty sure that hummers nest on our land but I have never found a nest - I live in hope :)

Kathie Brown said...

How wonderful! I have found nests before but never seen babies!

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syamktr said...

lovely photos :)

Marie C said...

First of all, thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting two weeks ago! I got so behind with everyone and then had company over the Fourth (yes, people actually came to visit in our summer! :-) ) and got even more behind! Glad you see you are a fellow AZ resident! I look forward to perusing your posts!

This was extraordinary! When we were stationed here 35 years ago and lived on the East side of Tucson, we had a similar experience. A hummer nested in the ivy right on our back porch. Back then I didn't have a good camera and couldn't get the photos I would get today if that wonderful event happened again! I am so thrilled you had the experience! And your photos are incredible!

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Beautiful birds.

Mike

Thérèse said...

Such sweet sweet pictures!
I miss hummigbirds so much...
There are no words for these beautiful pictures.

Janie said...

Great photos! What a rare find, and how fun to be able to see the hatchling from your window.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

What a beautiful discovery and wonderful photos!

Magia da Inês said...


Um ninho de beija-flor, muito difícil de se ver!
Imagens de extrema delicadeza!...

Boa semana!!!
Beijinhos para todos.ჱه° ·.
❤˚° ·.

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ΕΥΡΥΤΑΝΑΣ ΙΧΝΗΛΑΤΗΣ said...

Καλό καλοκαίρι !

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

This is a beautiful series of photos - nice to see a hummingbird nest too as they are a bird we don't have here in Australia. They must have been a delight to watch throughout this process.

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