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Anna's Hummingbird (Baby)

Calypte anna

Description:

Baby Anna's Hummingbirds only days old. There are two snugged in this soft nest. It was very cold and rainy today but mom flew to get some food so I snapped one pic (first is a cropped pic of the second image). I took one of mom when she returned and you can barely see one of the chicks with its beak open. I didn't want to disturb them so I quickly retreated after two shots.

Habitat:

Salix bush along trail at Lake Hodges

Notes:

"The mother hummingbird will eat nectar and bugs and then regurgitate it into a slurry substance the baby hummingbirds can digest. She will feed this mixture to the baby hummingbirds approximately every twenty (20) minutes. A baby hummingbird needs the mother hummingbird to feed them. Baby hummingbirds can not drink hummingbird nectar like adults do because there is not enough protein in the regular hummingbird nectar. Within a couple of days (of hatching), the size of the baby hummingbirds will almost double. Their beaks will darken slightly and they will start to grow little fuzzy pinfeathers." - World of Hummingbirds. The eggs can be seen at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/900.... Mom can be seen building the nest at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/895...

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10 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thanks Christy

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 7 years ago

So cute! I would love to see them as they grow up! Thanks!! Wonderful pictures!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

I'll get video next week when its warmer. They should be more active and have more feathers.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Welcome..
Add video if you got here..!!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thank you Ashish!

Oh my gosh, Ava. I can't believe I forgot the mission :) Thank you for the reminder. I'm adding it now.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Animal Architecture mission!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Great spotting Cindy.. Learning here...

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thank you Karen & Emma! I was so excited to see these little sweeties. It was in the low 40's & raining so I just snapped a couple pics so the mom wasn't spooked away keeping the babies exposed. I'll check back weekly & have the video on :-)

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Cindy you are so lucky.
Keep your video ready. You might see the mom regurgitating the food and feeding the babies. You can literally see the liquid she squirts into their mouths!
Congratulations!!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Wonderful spot! I look forward to seeing the progress of this little family!

Escondido, California, USA

Lat: 33.07, Long: -117.07

Spotted on Feb 28, 2012
Submitted on Feb 28, 2012

Reference

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