Hummingbird Nest - From Nest to Flyaway

24 days in the life of a hummingbird



A lady found a hummingbird nest at the Oso Flaco Dunes nature preserve,
on the Central Coast of California in May 2003. The nest was built on
very slim stems of brambles, about 30 inches off the ground.
Pictures were captured from the building nest stage to leaving the nest.
Duration of 24 days from birth to flight...

Nest discovered, still under construction, May 13
Hummingbird Nest

First egg, May 16


Mom, sitting... thinking... about that second egg!


Yes! Two eggs, May 20
(For perspective: a common 2½” toothpick, marked in half inch segments)


Mom sitting on her nest, June 3


They've just hatched, June 3 @ 08:01 A.M.
(the shells are still present & they appear a little damp...)


Stretched out and relaxed, June 3 @ 08:50
(A bird less than ½” long... yellow beaks with a lot of growing to do!)


Mom has returned and all is well...


Three days old, resting head to tail, June 6


Both facing west... beaks beginning to darken, June 6


7 days old, June 10


Beginning to grow pin-feathers


Only one now (reason unknown), 11 days old, June 14


Little “Mr. Innocent”!


Feathers starting to show, beak turning darker, June 17


Colour to the stubby little feathers, June 21


Almost ready!  June 24


Last photo - just before baby hummingbird takes to the air!  June 27


QuotaBills
Fowl: A four-letter bird. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

A married man is a caged bird. - Spanish Proverb

The freedom of birds is an insult to me. - Cormac McCarthy

The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs. - Tanyas

Heavenly bodies are nests of invisible birds. - Dejan Stojanovic

The shell must break before the bird can fly. - Unknown

Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness. - Alejandro Jodorowsky

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. - William Blake

The early bird gets the worm. The early worm gets eaten. - Norman Augustine

The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation. - Abdul Kalam

The early bird catches the worm, eats more, and dies sooner. - Czech Proverb

Egg: 1. A day's work for a hen; 2. A bird's hometown. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

A bird in the hand is a certainty, but a bird in the bush may sing. - Bret Harte

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. - Rabindranath Tagore

In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm. - Alan Perlis

Woodpecker: 1. A knocking bird; 2. A 17th Century prosthetic device. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Impeccable: 1. Having immunity to woodpeckers; 2. Hidden from birds. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence. - Robert Lynd

With birds flying around, man's desire for having wings rises to infinite. - Mehmet M Ildan

It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up. - Muhammad Ali

Birds find shelter during the rain, but eagles avoid rain by flying above the clouds. - Abdul Kalam

My husband, Fang, is so dumb I once said, "There's a dead bird." He looked up. - Phyllis Diller

Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind. Listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody. - Eubie Blake

Love is not only the story of butterflies or birds; it is also the story of jackals and hounds. - M.F. Moonzajer

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance. - e e cummings

Learn to adapt like a bird. We can only dream of flying, but the bird has already grown her wings. - Debasish Mridha

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm. - Franklin D Roosevelt

Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works. - Alma Gluck

I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky. - Mark Nepo

Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out. - Ogden Nash

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. - Henry Van Dyke

Success is full of promise till a man gets it; and then it is a last year's nest from which the birds have flown. - Henry Ward Beecher

The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. - J.M. Barrie

You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. - Hal Borland

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. - James Dent

It's a good thing we have gravity or else when birds died they'd just stay right up there. Hunters would be all confused. - Steven Wright

A male frigate bird blows up a wild red pouch on his neck. He can keep it puffed up for hours. It is his way of impressing the girls. - Julie Murphy

The English eat all sorts of birds - pigeons, ducks, sparrows - but if you tell them you eat puffin, you might as well come from Mars. - Bjork

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. - Robert Lynd

Join voices, all ye living souls: ye birds,
That singing up to heaven-gate ascend,
Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise. - John Milton


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28-Jun-2022