While pruning our two lemon trees a couple of days ago, a hummingbird circled me in a rather unusual and most fearless way. I could easily see the purple/magenta gorget as it hovered around, meaning it’s an Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) – a native to the West Coast. Puzzled at its persistence, I soon found the reason: a fresh nest that the bird was obviously trying to protect.
This itself is already adorable of course: a grown hummingbird’s weight is around 4 to 4.5 grams, and it protects and defends its nest against this human which weighs quite a bit more (I’m not doing the math here, ahem). :-)
The nest is pretty well hidden in the tree, but from Shuwen’s room we’re able to see it, and it’s right at eye level too! We can check on the nest without disturbing the bird (well, she eyes us with some suspicion, but we’re far enough away and she doesn’t leave the nest). The bright afternoon light of the current hot and cloudless days made photos rather futile though – it would have to be early morning or late afternoon.
When I checked late in the afternoon yesterday, the soon-to-be hummingbird mom was out (probably for dinner;-) so I quickly went and made a photo of the nest with my cellphone (it’s impossible to get the clunky DSLR camera into a position to make this photo). And the bird was back to shoo me away immediately. :)
Today I was up early to check on the nest from the hummingbird observation room ;-) and the little bird was sitting on the eggs in the nest, and no dappled light was falling onto it through the leaves and branches yet either. Perfect! So here are (the first) photos – it’s funny how mom seems to rotate on the nest. :)
And boy do I hope that the nest is secure enough from crows, cats and lizards in that spot.
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