Backyard Hummingbird

I’ve been seeing a Hummingbird near our backdoor for the past few weeks. Then, the other evening, when I was taking photos of my garden flowers, I got dive-bombed, by what I thought was a giant bee. Those suckers are called Hummingbirds for a reason, their wings seriously hum.

The papier-mache looking nest

Last evening whilst I was on our patio, I noticed something that appeared to be a little nest in the potted ficus tree, which is literally at our back door. This morning I investigated further. Low and behold it is a nest with eggs in it! Little teeny tiny Hummingbird eggs. Now that I know she is there I’m afraid to go outside.

I just hope I’m around when they hatch. They will be sooo small. If anyone has any suggestions of what we should do/not do please comment away. I am going to get a Hummingbird feeder for her/them. I think she should have a name … any suggestions?

Check out the rest of the photos, after the jump.

The eggs, there are three of them. I couldn't get high enough on the chair I was standing on with the camera and I didn't want to disturb too much by getting a step-stool.

Here she is sitting on her eggs. I took this from inside, through glass.

This is how close the nest is to the door.

4 Comments so far

  1. jeannie (unregistered) on March 17th, 2010 @ 2:42 am

    For your hummingbirds. If you can put some towels around the bottom of the potted ficus, that would be great. The babies have a habit of falling out of the nest as they grow. Having something soft for them to fall on will help, they will get up and fly away. Do Not touch them or the nest,if you can, keep the nest in your ficus tree,and they will return year after year. Good luck and enjoy them.

  2. pittrollie on March 17th, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

    Jeannie, thanks for the towel tip! I put some around the base this morning.

    I did get a Hummingbird feeder this afternoon. I’ve not seen her at it yet, but I will try to get a photo of her at it … if she goes for it.

    Still undecided on the name. Thoughts?

  3. jeannie (unregistered) on March 19th, 2010 @ 4:54 am

    So glad to hear about the towels. Will you keep me posted on the birth,take photos too please.

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