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Wild Bird Watching, Issue #009 -- Hummingbird Nest Cam
November 01, 2010


Do you like hummingbirds? Good News if you do!

The popular Phoebe cam is up and running and nesting has begun. The first of probably two eggs has been laid as of 10-31-10.

This longtime running hummingbird cam is of a Channel Island Allen's Hummingbird that the broadcasters have named Phoebe. From their website:

Who is Phoebe? Phoebe is a non-migratory Channel Islands Allen's Hummingbird. She builds her nests in a rose bush, and the nest is about the size of a golf ball, with eggs being about the size of a tic-tac candy.

The season for nesting is October through May/early June, and Phoebe will lay four to five clutches per season. One or two eggs are laid per clutch, they hatch after 17 days, and the chicks typically fly three to four weeks later. Phoebe will sometimes build a new nest, but frequently repairs old nests.

So if you're interested in watching a hummingbird go about the business of incubating and raising her young, stop by and watch LIVE!

Where To Watch

There are a couple of ways to access the cam. The host site is at: These are the people responsible for the cam and broadcasting it live. has embedded the live stream onto a page of our website for newsletter subscribers to watch and chat with each other. You can access our broadcast of their cam here:

While the live action is the same, the chat is not. If you're on our website the chat will not show the same visitors as the host chat. You can decide where you watch and where you chat.

We offer this chat option as there can be hundreds of people chatting on the host site while ours will be much less.

I know you're entering a busy time with holidays and families, but do take some time out and watch Phoebe from time to time. I'm sure you'll enjoy the show.

I'll be stopping in on the page to see what's going on and visiting now and again.

Winter and Birds

Just a reminder, while most of us provide food for our wintering birds, don't forget they still need water. Even birds that don't use bird feeders drink water, so why not consider a Heated Bird Bath this winter.


Watch the cam from two different places:

Host website and chat:

Our website and chat:

Hope to see you there.

Until next time, Happy Birding,

Gene Planker

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