Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Hummingbird Update

About a week ago I showed you what was in our ficus tree just outside our patio door.
Today I thought I'd give you an update.

In addition to the time spent sitting on her nest, Mama Hummingbird has also been working on her nest in preparation for her babies.
She is building up the sides, adding more ribbons and is carefully padding the top rim with a soft green rim that looks like moss.
I tried to get a picture for scale, but didn't really get one that did the nest justice.
This nest could easily sit on a half dollar.



I had to stand on a chair, lean forward, tilt my camera and just shoot blindly to get this shot.
What a relief and joy to push "review" and find pictures like this!



There she is, waiting in the nest she has so carefully prepared for her babies.
The other day the winds were strong, the cats were curious, and a sparrow was way too interested in her nest.

Are you fellow parents out there empathizing with her?
I am.
We've all been there.

We painstakingly build our nests.
We take care to make the sides high enough for safety but not so high as to prohibit eventual flight.
We prepare for what we can, hope that luck is with us and pray the world is kind .

Then, we wait.


38 comments:

liz said...

Awesome, awesome photos, BB! I've never seen hummingbirds NOT in motion! Ha! We have a feeder and I just filled it up.

Aging Mommy said...

Amazing pictures (I would use the word awesome but it's not in my vocabulary!) I was telling my husband yesterday about your hummingbird story and I just showed him your latest photos and he is not easy to impress but these shots definitely impressed him too! I am keeping my fingers crossed that all turns out well and I just love your comparison of this little birds fight for the protection of her babies with ours as mothers too. Great writing and photography again.

The Empress said...

Oh my goodness, those are beautiful pictures!!!

My boys love your nature photos, little Missy.

Especially, our middle child.

Those photos are incredible peeks at nature. Thank you for sharing.

Holly Renee said...

I LOVE THIS! I collect hummingbirds and can't get enough of them. You are so lucky!!! She is gorgeous. Those eggs are precious. I'm glad I got to check this out. I might put one of those pics as my desktop background. I hope that is okay. Wow! I am jealous of you. Keep us updated.

Vodka Logic said...

I LOVE the pictures. and yes empathy for her, having to protect her nest.
Please keep us up to date, this is fascinating.

Gigi said...

Gorgeous photos and a beautiful post!!!

Jenny said...

Oh how exciting. These photos are brilliant. And what a great and thoughtful post, too!

Cheeseboy said...

Terrific photos. I love hummingbirds. However, the hummingbirds at my place show no human fear. They fly right by our heads. Do yours do that too?

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Wow! Betty, fantastic photos and great shots! Love them!
I have not seen a hummingbird before.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Hope you have a really wonderful Sunday!
Hugs!
Betty xx

Eyegirl said...

Unbelievable photos!

Ann said...

I still think that is the most amazing nest I have ever seen. Doesn't she look pretty sitting there. how exciting it must be to see this all unfold.

T-rexy said...

What an awesome and rare opportunity to see such an amazing event in nature!! If you like this, you might enjoy the owl box live cam:

http://dinosauriart.blogspot.com/2010/02/owl-box.html

Thanks for stopping by! Excited to have you as a follower!

Linda said...

I am amazed....beautiful photo's. I have yet to put out my feeders....a little too cool yet for my feathered friends to eat. Maybe in a week. I can't wait to see them. Your photos give me hope. I would like to see the progress they make. Thank you for sharing.

Madi and Mom said...

Betty these are absolutely amazing shots. Are you familar with the magazine Birds and Blooms? They pictures should be in that magazine. You have made my day, my week and my month with these pictures. I love hummingbirds.
Please keep posting as you can without bothering mom that is.
Madi and Mom

Tracy said...

I'm really enjoying following your hummingbird nest story. We had one once in front of our house, and it was a really rainy month. It was starting to MELT so we put a piece of plywood over it to keep it dry. They are so fascinating to watch!

Ms. Anthropy said...

Love those photos!!! As a mother, I especially loved how you used the nest in personal terms.

Medeia Sharif said...

The pics are beautiful. I wish I had a sight like that outside my home. I usually see pigeons and crows.

Leanne said...

SO beautiful, Betty. My sister has a robin's nest in her evergreen right now that is low to the ground and amazing to see. Thanks for sharing your nest! Keep us posted on the new arrivals!

Brian said...

You are the patron saint of nature photography.

Mommy on the Spot said...

Once someone becomes a mother, one realizes just how universal that experience is. YOu said it beautifully in this post.

Alissa said...

Great pictures! I hope she is able to keep those predators away and raise her babies!

Tracie said...

Those pictures are so beautiful! I love how she is fluffing her nest for the babes. So sweet.

Susan Fields said...

Awesome pictures! I can't believe the nest is that small, that much be something to see. I wonder how tiny the babies will be!

Ally said...

Betty, just you keeping us in the loop about this is so cute of you. I hope you realize that. You're too sweet. Can't wait to see pix of the newborns :)

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A Tale of Two Cities said...

Betty,
I'm in awe of the miniature hummingbird nest in your pictures. Spring is certainly a miraculous time of birth and renewal. Thanks for much for sharing.

Have a great week...
Debi

Bitsy Baby Photography said...

amazing amazing shots, so beautiful!! Your post makes me smile =)

DrSoosie said...

Have you been watching the series on Discovery called Life? I think you need to submit your photos for Life...part two!!! Nice pics..thanks for sharing.

Susie

Harsha said...

Is that real? Wow!

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Those are amazing shots, especially the one that you took blindly. It's perfect. I love the analogy to motherhood too, Betty.
Cheers,
Robyn

Marcie said...

Thanks for joining my blog! Your blog is great! I love hummingbirds. They are my favorite. Thanks for sharing :)

xoxo
Marcie

www.lemonsandlaundry.blogspot.com

Kimberly said...

i LOVE to shoot blind sometimes to see what i come up with! GREAT shots!!

Anonymous said...

Fanatastic shots, Betty! Loved the analogy of the mama bird and us mama's of the human variety!
~Happy Homemaker

CRAZYMOM said...

These are amazing shots! I'm still praying because my babies are all still in the nest and frankly, I like it that way. :)

cake said...

so fantastic! gives me chills.

Shan said...

So sweet... so true.

And I think the shot of Mama in her nest gives a pretty good sense of scale. Lovely!

Marlene said...

FANTASTIC photos! Oh I so hope to see babies!!!

earthtoholly said...

Hi Betty! Thanks so much for visiting while I was away. Lucy loved your visits!

These photos are great...I love how you risked life and limb for that overhead shot...it was definitely worth it. And how did you capture the bird? Awesome...

Sushicookie said...

Blog hopped to your blog! I am so following you to see what happens to these lil birds! How adorable!
My mom and grandma always have the red sugar water for them, and I have very fond memories of those lil birds.