Hummingbird Nest On My Patio!

by Darlene
(Scottsdale, AZ)

I have always loved hummingbirds, so having one build a nest on my patio is a real treat!

I have noticed a lot of hummingbirds around my Scottsdale AZ home this year, and for a special birthday surprise, I had one fly into my house ON my birthday.

I have never had a bird in my house, let alone a hummingbird.

I didn't think it would get any more exciting than that- but I was wrong.
hummingbird incubating eggs

Hummingbird Incubating Eggs

About 5 days ago I noticed a hummingbird sitting on what looked like a wasp nest on a hanging light bulb on my patio.

She seemed to be sitting pretty comfortably there so I decided to do some research.

That's when I found out she built a nest on my patio about 15 inches from my sliding glass door!

I have since put out a feeder that she took advantage of less than a minute after I hung it up.

She is pretty clever and does not fly directly between the feeder and her nest.

She spends most of her time in the nest and sleeps there all night.

I would love to peek inside to see if there are eggs in there but I don't want to disturb anything.

I am a little worried we are expecting some monsoons in the next week so I hope this nest is strong!

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Sep 11, 2021
we have hummingbird eggs on our patio!
by: Darlene

I sneaked up while mom was away and snapped a picture inside the nest.

Our hummingbird laid 2 eggs 2 weeks ago and there is a new development today.

I would like to post some pictures here but I do not see an option to add a picture.

Would love to share!

Aug 30, 2021
Hummingbird Nest
by: Gene

Hi Darlene,

Keep us posted. Judging from your Arizona location I'm guessing you have an Anna's Hummingbird nesting.

You'll have to ID the bird yourself as I can't really tell. How exciting.

A couple of weeks and you'll have chicks.

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Hummingbird Baby on my Patio!

by Darlene
(Scottsdale, AZ)

Hummingbird Nest With Eggs and Chick

I posted a story earlier about a hummingbird nest on my patio and now I have some exciting updates!

Momma hummingbird laid 2 eggs that I was able to sneak a picture of 2 weeks ago.

2 anna hummingbird eggs

2 hummingbird eggs in nest

Then today it looked like she might have been feeding someone in the nest.

While she was away I took another peek today and look what I saw!

This has been a really neat experience.

I feel very fortunate to have had this close-up view of such a miracle.

hummingbird egg hatched

New Baby Hummingbird Just Hatched

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Mar 19, 2023
Hummingbird Nest on our patio!!
by: Jackie

We are normally so enamored with hummingbirds and their incredible beauty!

To our surprise…we also noticed a tiny hummingbird nest attached to our string light on our patio!

It has been over two weeks…as we’ve watched her come and go for just minutes at a time…we are expecting the hatching of her babies any day now!

It's been such a beautiful experience thus far!!

Mar 17, 2023
hummingbird on lights, should they be on?
by: Gene

Hi Lori,

As long as there is no heat build-up you can leave the lights on. Most night predators go by scent and not sight.

I doubt the lights keep much away. I've seen opossums around even though my outside lights were on.

I still keep lights on during the night just because it makes me feel better. :)

Mar 16, 2023
I also have a hummingbird on patio light
by: Lori

I would also like to know if I should keep the patio lights off at night.

I do know the bulbs don’t get hot. She is right above one of my bulbs on the wire. I don’t want predators to see her.

I usually leave them on hoping mice or rats don’t like light and stay away from the patio. Not sure that is a thing.

Mar 06, 2023
Hummingbird Photo
by: Gene

Hi Betty,

I used the photo you used in your story submission. Since they say the same thing I will delete the other. Thank you.

I think your LED light probably doesn't get too hot so either way would be okay. I would turn it off if things get warm.

Mar 06, 2023
Nest in my patio lamp
by: Betty

hummingbird nest inside patio lamp shade

Nest in Lamp

I just discovered this nest in my lamp on the patio on 3/5/2023.

My question is does the light help or bother the hummingbird?

I can leave it on to keep them warm since it has been very cold lately or should I keep it off so as not to disturb their sleep?

I don't want to disturb the nest so I do not get very close to it but I am pretty sure she has an egg in there since it only flies away for a few minutes at a time and then comes back to the nest.

I would love to share a picture I don't see how I can do that.

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