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Anna's Hummingbird Eggs

Calypte anna

Description:

Two tiny white eggs in a soft nest. They're about the size of a pea or small jellybean. "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. Two white eggs are laid, which, despite being the SMALLEST OF ALL BIRD EGGS, are in fact large relative to the hummingbird's adult size. Incubation lasts 14 to 23 days, depending on species, ambient temperature, and female attentiveness to the nest. " - Wikipedia

Habitat:

Currently unknown bush along trail at Lake Hodges.

Notes:

It was a stormy day today and when I walked up to the bush, the mom was gone. I was worried she had abandoned the nest so I looked inside and saw these two little beauties! I snapped a couple pics and heard her return. I quickly retreated. When I passed back by the nest, mom was sitting on the eggs again :) The mom can be seen sitting on the nest at: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/895.... A male Anna's Hummingbird can be seen at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/735... Babies can be seen at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/923...

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19 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 6 years ago

Hi Teresa, this nest was right along the trail and the leaves hadn't filled in yet. I first spotted it before it was occupied. I kept returning but keeping a distance when one day there was a female fixing up the nest. Another day, she wasn't on the nest so I quickly took a couple pics and these beauties were there!

TeresaBurke
TeresaBurke 6 years ago

No way! Too cool!! How in the world did you find these?! :)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 6 years ago

Hi p.young713, I can add this to the Spring Migration mission but this species are permanent residents here. Let me know if you would still like these included. Thanks

p.young713
p.young713 7 years ago

Hi, Cindy, Would you like to add this beautiful photo to the Spring Migration mission? Which includes hummingbirds and nesting. Thanks!! http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/9036...

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

:) Thanks Leuba

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

so soft and lovely - well camouflaged. Great spotting CBK !

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thanks arlanda. I think everything about hummingbirds is beautiful.. and small.

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

beautiful!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thanks Sachin. Alice, these nest, bird and eggs spottings have been a wonderful experience :)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Thanks for your trouble to keep us updated!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Fabulous,

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

@ Clive,a ping pong ball just about fits in the nest I found!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Hi Clive, I couldn't measure it but Wikipedia says they're normally 3.8-to-5.1-centimetre

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

waiting for the updates Cindy ! :-)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thank you Atul. It was made at least a year ago but was touched up before using again. I'll check back again later for babies :)

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

wonderfully constructed nest !
lovely spotting Cindy!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

I think this may be softer than my pillow :) I'm constantly in awe with nature! I'll definitely be checking back Karen.

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

The lining inside the nest is so intricately made! Nature is amazing!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

So lovely! I hope you will be posting progress photos!

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.06, Long: -117.07

Spotted on Feb 16, 2012
Submitted on Feb 16, 2012

Reference

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