Monday, August 4, 2008

So now I know.....

...shy MammaSweetieBird was so nervous with me in the yard yesterday ...

..Yep, Mr. B and Grandma saw a little hummingbirdie-head pop up from the nest!

They said it was about the size of a pinkie...

They both have been worried about the possibility of the baby(ies) falling out of the nest 'cause MammaSweetieBird built it over the concrete sidewalk.

As I walked in tonight, passing the back yard, I noticed the swing pad on the ground under the nest - carefully placed so that if ever a baby hummingbird should need it....

Can we all say..............Awwwe!
**Serious disclaimer here - none of the following photos are of our MommaSweetieBird or the baby - I found these on the net to give you a visual of what we "may" see** Credit is given where I could find credits...


Photo by Laryl Hancock



What we might see if we could see into the nest...



babies...



This one could be MammaSweetieBird's twin sister...


Notice their beaks are not too long yet?


Here is some information I found interesting:

Hummingbird Eggs

The female hummingbird will usually lay 2 eggs, sometimes only one. The humming bird eggs will be white and less than half an inch long, about the size of a jelly bean. She will incubate the eggs for two to three weeks.
When hatched, the baby hummingbirds will be completely naked and about an inch long. Baby Ruby-throated hummingbirds weigh about .62 grams.
For comparison, 3 newly hatched baby Ruby-throated hummingbirds would weigh less than one American dime.
The female hummingbird will stay on the nest when the baby hummingbirds are small, only leaving for a few minutes each hour to look for food.
As the baby hummingbirds get feathers and start to grow, she will spend more time away from the nest searching for food to feed the babies.
The female will feed them with a mixture of nectar and tiny insects and spiders, that she will collect in her crop and regurgitate the mixture into the mouths of the young.
The insects and spiders will provide the protein that the baby hummingbirds need to grow.
The the baby hummingbirds will be ready to leave the nest in about three weeks
So, OK, we have 3 weeks to TRY to get photos of our "GrandBirdies"!
Wish me luck!

-me

3 comments:

Betty said...

Wow, is our timing perfect or what? I hope we get a glimpse of the mom, if not a little head peeking over the edge of the nest! Just too exciting! And isn't it wonderful to be excited over something like this? I love Mother Nature! See you Saturday!

marie said...

Your blog is so entertaining! I love visiting it.

Hummingbirds are so sweet! Thanks for sharing all the great pictures and info about them.

Julie said...

Awww...

Thanks for the hummingbird info.