Baby Hummingbirds in their Nest

Baby Hummingbirds in Nest

Baby Hummingbirds in Nest

This hummingbird nest was concealed within some bushes.  The female hummingbird builds the nest by sitting in the middle as she builds the rim around her.  She uses spider webs to hold the nesting material together, and then she uses lichens and mosses on the outside to help conceal the nest.  Supposedly the nest takes her about a week to build.  It is very small – only about an inch tall.

Anna’s hummingbirds lay two eggs at a time and can have 2-3 broods per year.  The female does all the work raising the young, as the males do not help with nesting.  The incubation period is 16 days and then the nesting period is an additional 20 days.  It appears that these two baby Anna’s hummingbirds will be ready to fledge soon, as they are getting big and the nest is looking a bit crowded.

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