Apparently, when you start seeing baby hummingbirds standing on their nest instead of in it, they are getting ready to fly away. My last post showed one of them standing on the nest. A day later, she was gone.
Then there was one. I wonder if she is scared all alone now? She’s definitely more comfortable.
We caught her standing up and definitely being more alert about her surroundings.
The next day, she left too. I’m so happy they both made, but I’m feeling a bit of empty nest syndrome. I read that baby hummingbirds don’t return to their nests, but I still find myself checking just in case.
According to a hummingbird website I found, the mother will feed and show them where to get food for 3 days after they leave the nest and then they’re completely on their own. The website also said hummingbirds have up to 300 places they go to get food. I put up a second feeder, so make that 301 for them.
Sr. Elizondo and I are watching over the twins diligently, probably more than mommy Ladybird. I’ve caught Ladybird feeding her babies a few times now and it’s so sweet to see them lift their little heads to eat.
What’s making us nervous now? The palm branch their nest is on is getting lower and weaker by the day. At least there are no more storms in the near future. Unfortunately, the winds are still crazy at night. I find myself checking on them first thing every morning to make sure they are still in their nest.
The twins are growing bigger and are probably about the size of a peanut. It’s looking like a bit of a squeeze in the nest now. Notice the shape of the nest is now oval instead of round.
And I can see the quills forming on their bodies. This means they are at least 10 days old.
Here is the latest photo of them taken just today. They look nothing like the tiny black creatures they were less than a couple of weeks ago.
Ladybird’s babies (or the twins as we like to call them) have hatched. We are so excited. Like all newbies to the lives of hummingbirds, we immediately had concerns. Concern 1: The mommy is not on her nest as usual. This is normal behavior. She will leave the nest more and more the older they get. Concern 2: The babies don’t make ANY noises. This is normal too. It’s their only defense mechanism not to make a sound. As a matter of fact, if the babies start chirping extensively, then they are in some sort of distress. If all goes as it should, they should be out of the nest in about 20 days.
Here they are a few days old.
We put up a hummingbird feeder on our balcony facing the backyard. The hummingbirds came immediately and we love watching them. Now we have this surprise in our front entrance.
First we noticed a nest in process on one of the palm tree leaves. Not the most stable home since it can get pretty windy at our house.
Then the homeowner arrived and stayed. We call her Ladybird. She doesn’t seem to mind the wind. Maybe the floating motion is soothing. However in the nights, the winds have been brutal. Poor Ladybird hunkers down and powers through as she gets whipped around.
On one of the moments she left her nest, we saw her future babies. These two eggs are about the size of peas. They are sooo small. We tiptoe out the front door now and use the side door more than ever trying not to disturb her.
Hummingbird eggs hatch between 15-18 days.