August 18, 2014

Hummingbirds: the second nest chronicles

It occurs to me that I’ve never finished this hummingbird tale.  Let me begin by telling you the ending:  “and they grew and they grew and they grew until one day they flew away.”  There.  Now you can relax into these pictures.  Happy ending.  I will sprinkle some hummer facts betwixt my pics …second hummers-1 Mama birds typically lay two eggs a few days apart.  These were 3 days apart.  Eggs are about the size of a jellybelly jellybean.second hummers-2 Eggs incubate for 16-18 days.  Mama is often on the nest, keeping them warm.second hummers-3 First baby hatched 12 days after we first noticed the egg.  Mama carries away the egg fragments.  Babies are born with eyes closed.  And their beaks are short.second hummers-4 second hummers-5 Hummer sibling hatched 3 days later.  In early days, Mama continues to spend much time on the nest keeping babies warm until baby feathers grow in.second hummers-6 second hummers-7
tbc …

3 comments:

Life with Kaishon said...

These are good facts to know.

Now I would like a jelly belly jelly bean. Buttered popcorn flavor please.

Happy Monday, Skeller.

Anita Johnson said...

This is so cool...TBC

Tracy P. said...

I'm such a baseball mom--what I noticed was the protective fence that you Kellers so graciously provided in the first shot, and which then faded out of focus to allow life to flourish as intended. Their beaks are short at first? Who knew??