Hummingbird nest cam!
You want a real treat? Want to see some little hummingbird babies in a nest with the mom feeding them in real time?
Susan from Between Naps on the Porch posted about the webcam yesterday and I felt a need to share this with you all, too. Enjoy!
(picture from Here)
Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world, measuring 1 and 1/2 inches long. Their wings beat 60 to 80 times per SECOND and that’s where they get their name because of the humming sound their wings make. That’s a lot of beating of the wings in a minute... 60 times 60 seconds in a minute... at least 3600 wing beats per minute! That’s a lot of energy used. Hence, they need to consume lots of food. At nighttime they go into a hibernation type of state where energy is conserved. Otherwise, in the daytime they need to consume lots of nectar.
(Picture from Here.)
There are 343 different species of Hummingbirds (I didn’t realize that there were that many different hummers). Here in the Northeast we have the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. He is so cute. We get a pair every summer... they arrive sometime in July and are gone by the end of September. I usually plant red salvia which they love along with other red flowers that are deep where they can get their long beak into. They like petunias also but I’ve seen go from one Impatiens bloom to another and I usually plant lots and lots of Impatiens all around my house. (no impatiens will be sold in Connecticut this year due to some kind of new disease that they have fallen prey to. This will be the first year I haven’t planted impatiens.) So this year I’ll be planting something other than Impatiens.
The hummingbird has the largest brain in relation to its size meaning it’s a pretty smart little thing.
The size of the hummingbird nest is about the size of a ping pong ball and is deep and cup like.
Several years ago I saw this little moth and mistook it for a hummingbird. Nope. It’s called the Hummingbird Moth.
Photo from HERE.
The site How to Enjoy Hummingbirds is a fount of information on these tiny birds and gives all the information anyone could want including many, many videos so if you’ve a mind to pursue some more information about these sweet creatures go HERE.
Okay, now we got some of the background information out of the way, here is the
I had a little problem getting into the webcam at first so stick with it if you have a little difficulty. It’s well worth it.
It’s so fun to watch!
Do you have hummingbirds in your yard? I’d love to have you share your experiences with these little birds with us. Enjoy!
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