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Jan Smith

Comox, BC, Canada


Since this nest was destroyed in daylight and not at night I suspect a crow over rats or a cat. That, and I saw a crow swoop through the yard and could here a few calling in the trees.


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Hummingbird Nest Destroyed By A Crow

Anna's Hummingbird nest found on the ground ten feet from its original location. It had been such a pleasure to watch the hard-working, serious mama do her job. I feel quite sad.

15 responses to “Hummingbird nest destroyed by a crow”

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    Such a beautiful nest; it is really sad to see it ruined. I hope she will try again.

  2. Karla says:

    The same happened to the hummingbird nests in our backyard. I could tell it had to be a bird (most likely a crow) because it managed to destroy a nest which a rodent or cat couldn’t get to.

    Now the same hummingbird is building new nest in the same spot as before. Do you know how I could protect her nest from crows this time?

  3. Bob says:

    I have the same problem. I have a hummingbird that has now built a third nest in the same place three times. I think a crow that I see hanging around gets to the babies and destroys the nest before they can fly. The hummingbird is now sitting on a new nest that she has built in the same place. What can I do to protect her?

  4. Amy says:

    I’m having the same problem as well. The female Costa’s hummingbird just had her second nest with eggs in it destroyed in the same month! She keeps building them in a very exposed tree. A pair of crows have been hanging around the tree, watching and waiting. The leaves still have not grown back on the tree for cover, which is very unusual this late in Spring. How can I help her when she starts building a third nest? I know she will be back. Pobrecita.

  5. Amy BL says:

    That happened to a nest at our house too. A hummer built her nest on a Wandering Jew hanging plant on our porch. We had a windy night and because the nest was well hidden I didn’t notice it had fallen. Later the next day I found it in another plant and parts of one of the chicks nearby. I eventually found the other chick at the bottom of an empty pot. Both were only 5-6 days old and the fact that one survived is pretty amazing. I took the one and put it back in the nest and reattached it to the plant with spider webs. The mom returned and accepted my repair! Sadly the next night the winds were up again and the following morning I found the second chick had met the same fate as its sibling. The neighborhood crows were all over our roof so I suspect they’re to blame. Everyone has to eat I guess.

  6. Hillary Klemme says:

    Our sweet hummer built her nest on a line string lights off our deck. Her nest was underneath an overhang on our deck, close to the house and very well protected. We have been eagerly watching the mama, the two eggs and then the hatched babies. The babies were about 7 days old, still very tiny and just sprouts of feathers.

    Last night was windy for a short while but not windy enough to knock the nest down. In the morning, when I went to check on the little family, the nest was gone. There was a very small patch of the nest still connected to the lights. There were no remnants of the nest on the ground or anywhere nearby. The mom was in a tree nearby chirping non-stop.

    Any ideas of what could have happened?

  7. Joseph says:

    I’ve been watching a hummingbird mama diligently take care of her single baby (only 1 hatched). Today, within a 20 min time period of me checking, the nest was sacked and gone! The unhatched egg was on the ground. I saw the hummingbird mama come back 10 mins later and zip all around the tree looking for her baby :(((

  8. Lisa F. says:

    @Hillary Klemme- I had a similar situation but I did find the nest and it was nearly intact. My son mentioned he had seen a squirrel on our grass earlier that day but I don’t see how a squirrel could have reached the area where the nest was and remove it without completely destroying it. I am still baffled and sad as the babies were about a week old 🙁

  9. Victoria Lau says:

    This morning our hummingbird eggs disapear from their nest will the mother come back around to built a new nest. Will she come back?

    • Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

      Hi Victoria, it’s impossible to predict this, but it sounds like she could have been scared off by a predator. If this is the case, it is unlikely she will re-nest in the same spot; birds seldom return to nest in places where they have previously been attacked by a predator. Please email us with any further questions at – these comment sections are not regularly monitored.

  10. Kamal says:

    Hi, in our home there is hummingbird nest, now there two eggs in nest , in previous summer hummingbird made nest in same place , now again this time same place nest, how can i protect them?

  11. Dana Marks says:

    Just saw a crow fly to the hummingbird nest right outside my window. Been watching mama hummingbird sit on the nest for a couple weeks. I checked and the damned crow snagged the eggs. I was too slow to get there in time to stop him.. grrr! Not sure what the mama is gonna do now. Very upsetting. 🙁

  12. Robert voll says:

    Crow did the same thing here too I’m pretty sure.

  13. Panshu says:

    Same happened to me 🙁 me and mother were crying a lot😭😩😩 this world is so evil.

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