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Ruby-throated hummingbird nest

Archilochus colubris

Description:

Ruby-throated hummingbird nests are constructed on a small, downward-sloping tree limb 10–20 feet above the ground. They are composed of bud scales, with lichen on the exterior, bound with spider's silk, and lined with plant down (often dandelion or thistle down). Old nests may be occupied for several seasons, but are repaired annually. The female constructs the nest, as the male has left by this point.

Habitat:

Semi rural yard.

Notes:

I spotted this 3" long nest in one of my next door neighbor's maple trees.

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Franklin, Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.92, Long: -86.85

Spotted on Feb 6, 2012
Submitted on Feb 6, 2012

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