Last week when my wife and I went to the garage to get in the car, we noticed a small bird on the ground.
We immediately thought it was a baby bird that had fallen out of it's nest. After looking at the bird, we realized that it was an adult hummingbird that for whatever reason was in the process of dying.
We put the bird up in the tree so that the cats wouldn't notice it. Upon doing that we noticed a nest in the tree above where the adult bird was on the ground.
The nest (pictured below) had three eggs in it. We were amazed by the nest and the tiny size of the eggs.
When we returned from our trip, we caught a quick glimpse of another bird on the nest. It immediately left when we came around.
Not knowing hummingbird habits, we assumed that the colorful bird that had passed away was the male and the bird on the nest was the female.
At that point we decided to do what we could for the mother on the nest. We bought a hummingbird feeder and premade food for the feeder and hung it in the area close to the nest.
We have seen the mother use the feeder.
This occurred on June 5th, 2011 and the mother is still sitting on the nest today on June 12th.
My wife and I are totally adsorbed in this project of watching over this nest. We would appreciate any advice that anybody could give us.
How long will it take for the eggs to hatch; how long will the babies be in the nest and what can we do to help?
We have been unable to get a good picture of the mother on the nest.
A few years back, after a gusty windstorm, my husband found a lifeless hummingbird on the grass outside our motorhome.
He felt it would be a neat experience for our young daughters to see a hummingbird "at rest" and up close, so he scooped it up in his hand and yelled for us to come see what he had found.
He was right, the girls were mesmerized. As I leaned in for a closer look, I saw the slightest movement of the eyes. Upon closer inspection, I could see a dry tongue sticking out of the end of the long, needle-like bill.
We quickly discussed what could be done for this incredible, delicate creature when my young daughter said "I know, Capri Sun!".
She had remembered the sugary sweet mixture we had mixed for our hummingbird feeder the year before, and felt that the juice drink would be a good alternate.
I quickly ran in for the necessary supplies- One Capri Sun, one teaspoon and my camera. The photos tell the rest of the story...
We started out with only 2 or 3 hummingbirds and only 2 feeders after about 2 months later we had 15 or so and bought 2 more feeders then July we had about 25 hummingbirds and now have a total of eight feeders around our patio !!!
I make the sugar water 4:1 and they seem to love it! What great entertainment they are chasing each other all over the place.
There is one that will come right in front of me where I sit and hover and just look at me for a few seconds and then the chase is on with the others !! Lol 😆
Next year I want to look for some flowers they love and a solar fountain .
I think they will be in paradise then along with us sitting and watching them .