May 13, 2014

A Hummingbird Tale

Once upon a time … (on Mar 25) … we spied a lovely little hummingbird lady on a nest right outside our front window.hummingbird-1 And she sat and she sat and she sat …hummingbird-2 on her two tiny eggs, until she hatched two very tiny babies (Apr2) – two very tiny, very hungry little babies.growing but tiny And she fed them and fed them and fed them. feeding time And she fluffed them.  And cleaned them.hummingbird-3 hummingbird-4 hummingbird-5 And little by little they grew (Apr7 - next three pics below).
hummingbird-6 last pic of first babiesUntil, sadly, on Apr12, a bigger [bad] bird stole away the babies.  And we were very sad.  (By the way, all the chicken wire you see was our attempt to stave off this kind of a bigger bird encounter.  Darwinists, we are not.)

On Apr30, Mama came back and laid just one egg.  May2, she laid a second egg.
second batch of babies And now she sits and sits and sits.  And we wait.  And watch.  And hope for a happier ending.
Oh, and Mama lets me come much closer now.  Happy sigh.
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9 comments:

Anita Johnson said...

This makes me VERY happy!

Tracy P. said...

Oh you read my mind! I was just wondering today. So glad she understands that you are documenting the family history! :-)

Meg said...

So beautiful! My grandmother LOVES hummingbirds, so I"m going to have to show her this post!

Bird's Eye View Photography said...

I am Extremely Jealous! What an amazing thing to be able to watch and photograph!

Timi said...

I've never seen a hummingbird in my life, but she is beautiful!!!
You are very lucky to have such a lovely neighbour! :o)

Kristin Klein said...

It just made my day to see she is back with more eggs . . . I'll be following very closely . . . yes! Let's hope for a very happy ending!

Kristin

Eva said...

What a wonderful opportunity you have to capture such a beautiful tender experience. I pray these little birdies make it!

Melissa Stover said...

hoping one day i'll spy a hummingbird nest.

Life with Kaishon said...

Get out! I'm sorry that the bigger bird murdered your babie.