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Anna's Hummingbird (Nesting)

Calypte anna

Description:

Female hummingbird with small patch of red on throat. It appears orange in this series due to the lighting. She was touching up a nest with spider webs that was made the previous year. This series shows her with the web in her beak and her placing it on the outside of the nest. The eggs can be seen at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/900... "Anna’s hummingbird females build a mere platform as early as December to lay her eggs. Then she builds up the nest while incubating." - Hal Harrison

Habitat:

In a currently unknown bush along trail at Lake Hodges that can be seen at my other spotting; http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/877...

Notes:

The female bird builds a large nest in a shrub or tree, or in vines or on wires. The round, 3.8-to-5.1-centimetre (1.5 to 2.0 in) diameter nest is built of very small twigs, lichen and other mosses, and often lined with downy feathers or animal hair. The nest materials are bound together with spider silk or other sticky materials. They are known to nest early as mid-December and as late as June." - Wikipedia The empty nest can be seen on my other spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/879.... Eggs can be seen at: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/900.... Babies can be seen at: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/923...

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21 Comments

:) Thanks Marta. She sure was!

As cute as it can get!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 5 years ago

Thank you Jose!

Jose Carlos Caria
Jose Carlos Caria 5 years ago

Fantastic capture.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 5 years ago

Hi Atul, thank you.

Atul
Atul 5 years ago

Beautifully captured series Cindy !!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 5 years ago

Thank you Nopayahnah. I'll be sure to take video next time I return. I kept swapping the first and second photo because I couldn't make up my mind. Sounds like I should have stuck with my first choice with the tongue :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

especially like the second photo

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Great series - not many of us get to see that!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 5 years ago

:) Thanks Karen and Gerardo!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago

Wonderful series wow!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

You have a hummingbird nesting already - I am jealous!
Wonderful series Cindy!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 5 years ago

That I will. Now if I could only choose which image to have first...

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

I feel that you will cherish this moment for ever. !!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 5 years ago

I was in awe watching her. I truly was given a gift by her allowing me to get close and stay long enough to watch her. :)

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

Cindy i feel that this is a very heartwarming spotting!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 5 years ago

Thanks Donna and Emma!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

Awesome Cindy!!
BTW.in this link in pic number two ,let me know what you think of the hummingbirds eyes.
not the greatest pics though.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/888...

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 5 years ago

:) Thank you Ava. It took me 5 tries to get them all uploaded but they're all here now. She was soooo cute and patient!

DonnaPomeroy
DonnaPomeroy 5 years ago

wonderful series

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

Perfect! Perfectly beautiful!

Escondido, California, USA

Lat: 33.07, Long: -117.07

Spotted on Feb 11, 2012
Submitted on Feb 11, 2012

Reference

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