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


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Wishing to be a bird so you can Fly Away. - Unknown

The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs. - Tanyas

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

Was there a bird for the souls of people like me? - Ruta Sepetys

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

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

If one cannot catch the bird of paradise, better take a wet hen. - Nikita Krushchev

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

The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp. - John Berry

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. - Chinese Proverb

The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. - Steven Wright

The early bird would never catch the worm if the dumb worm slept late. - Milton Berle

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

Though what bird in the best of circumstances does not look a little stricken? - Lorrie Moore

I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don't know what to feed it. - Steven Wright

The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds come home to roost. - Arthur Miller

The bird, the bee, the running child are all the same to the sliding glass door. - Demetri Martin

Birds with broken wings walking on the ground were once flying high up in the sky. - Mehmet M Ildan

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

Time passes too fast. Like a hummingbird flying by, it's just a blur to my eyes. - Amanda Leigh

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

A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return. - Jewish Proverb

If you turn the imagination loose like a hunting dog, it will often return with the bird in its mouth. - William Maxwell

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

One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. - Dale Carnegie

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

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

You are Mr. Owl. I am Ms. Hummingbird. We may come from different species but as long as you're a bird, I'm a bird too. - Glad Munaiseche

You can not prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair. - Chinese Proverb

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

If I were a flower,
humming bird would be my favourite bee
And If I were blind,
the light of darkness I'd love to see - Munia Khan


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19-Sep-2020