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Anna's hummingbird

Calypte anna

Description:

This little bird has made a nest in our pineapple guava tree and is sitting very intently in it. I hope this means babies soon!!! The babies arrived roughly 12-14 days after this first post. In the first few days they are black with a pink under belly and very tightly closed eyes. They appear to be completely bald. Mama bird alternates from being at the nest warming them and off finding food for them. In the second picture above I caught mama at the nest right after she was finished feeding them. She appeared to be regurgitating and licking her beak. I will continue to update this post as I can.

Habitat:

Tiny little nest including some of our dog's fur (which should mean it is a warm nest too)

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12 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

Of course you can add another spotting! The photos are from a different day anyways :)

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 8 years ago

Thanks Lauren! They really do.

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 8 years ago

Ashley ... I have more recent pictures to load but can't load more here.. do you know if I can open another spotting or is that not allowed?

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 8 years ago

Was lucky to spot a feeding!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Lovely series. They grow up really fast!

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 8 years ago

Ashley got a shot of the babies looking for food. Also updated a second shot of the mama right after she finished feeding them.

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

Nevermind I see the baby photo now haha. They are adorable! Try and keep taking pictures as they grow :)

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

That's awesome! I hope you can get photos without disturbing them so we can all see!

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 8 years ago

Ashley... the babies are here! They are between 1 and 3 days old.

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

No problem! I hope you will be able to safely photograph the babies when they hatch and share them on here, I'd love to see them!

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 8 years ago

Thanks Ashley! You were right!!! I think Anna's hummingbird is the right one. Also just posted pictures of her eggs.

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

This is adorable, I have always wanted to find a hummingbird nest!
However, I do not believe this is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. They are an eastern species and though they do show up in California, they are very rare. Female hummingbirds are hard to tell apart, but I'm fairly positive this is not a Ruby-throated :)

NicoleLook
Spotted by
NicoleLook

Sacramento, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 3, 2014
Submitted on Mar 3, 2014

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