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Anna's Hummingbird (Nesting)

Calypte anna


Fifth nesting hummingbird found this year! This female has what looks like a dark orange patch on her throat. Although out of focus, the last image shows the color pattern on the throat. "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


Oak tree. Same tree that houses the Bushtit nest at:


"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 "The hummingbird is the only bird known to be able to fly backwards. This makes it Wildlife with Innovative Defense to be able to flee." - Wikipedia

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JennytheTurtle 8 years ago

What a cute little nest! :3

Hema 8 years ago
Cindy,in the above link I think that these are the eggs of the sea hare which is a sea slug.

CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Ha ha, yes I guess the Rufous is eluding me :) Thanks for the ID Liam. I returned today and it is indeed an Anna's.

Liam 8 years ago

Anna's, I think.

Hema 8 years ago

The quest for he Rufous Humming bird continues!:)

CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Thank you Seema! Before PN, I had only seen one because it was on our patio. All but one of my nesting spottings were in an Oak tree. The exception was in a bush under an Oak tree.

CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Thank you Ava! I can't get enough of these amazing birds.

Seema 8 years ago

Lovely series Cindy..I am yet to discover a humming nest..

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Wonderful, wonderful series!

CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Definitely lucky! There must be sooo many of them that are visible if we just look. I was checking on the Bushtit nest when this girl flew in her nest a couple branches over.

Hema 8 years ago

lucky you!!

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 28, 2012
Submitted on Apr 28, 2012

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