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Jan Smith

Comox, BC, Canada

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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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Open cup nests

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.

22 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?

    • Tracie says:

      We have a similar situation. Our little hummer built her nest on a string of lights attached to the edge of our roof. She had at least one baby she’s been busy feeding for 1-2 weeks. This morning we found a chunk of her nest on the ground. Most is still intact attached to the lights. I don’t see any sign of chicks on the ground anywhere nearby so I’m hoping it’s still in the nest. She seems to be still trying to repair and salvage her nest so I’m hoping the baby is still okay and in the nest. I’m not sure what destroyed it. It does get windy but her nest has held up under windier conditions. It’s also pretty well hidden and I don’t think squirrels could get to it. Our other guess is maybe the chicks were older than we first thought and were ready to fly or damaged the nest. We’re so baffled by what could have happened but as long as she keeps flying back I still have hope.

  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 nestwatch@cornell.edu – 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.

  14. Karen says:

    Super sad! I’ve been watching Mama Dot (little hummer mama with a dot on her chin) build a nest right outside my patio and take care of her babies for over three weeks now. Babies hatched about 12 – 14 days ago, from what I gather. I could just see their little beaks from a distance. I looked out just about 30 minutes after I had seen their little beaks and suddenly saw only what looked like a big puff of fluff from the nest. I have a cam set up out there and backed up the cam only to see a crow land on the patio roof and jump to the tree right next to the nest. The cam stopped recording, but it’s pretty clear that he got the babies. 😢😢 Mama Dot has been flying around and landing on the nest. She’s tucked all of the fluff back inside and keep flying back and forth. I’m positive both babies are gone. 😢 I hate crows.

  15. Sara says:

    We had two babies, about 1 week old. I checked on them this morning and saw their 2 little beaks, but we’ve noticed a couple crows hanging around our porch (where mama made her nest). Went to check a few hours later and one chick was dangling by a foot caught in the webbing of the nest and the other chick was gone. I scooped up the little guy and put him back in the nest because mama was going crazy. He seemed to nestle back in, but I had to run to an appointment. Came back and the second baby was gone, mama buzzing around like crazy again. Just now saw a crow on our patio table so I assume he got both chicks. I know it’s nature, but it was so fascinating to watch mama build her nest, then keep them warm for 2 weeks, then see these little beaks emerge and mama feeding them only to have this be the outcome. Today was a sad day 🙁

    • Holly Grant, Project Assistant says:

      Hi Sara, it’s certainly sad to see, but unfortunately quite a common occurrence in nature. Rest assured that it is one of the many factors playing into why birds lay so many eggs and have multiple broods per year – they are “accounting” for these inevitable losses. (If every single egg from every bird survived to adulthood, there wouldn’t be enough resources on Earth to support all of those birds, let alone other organisms.) This adult will likely go on and re-start a second brood somewhere nearby.

  16. Anna Scandalos says:

    A hummingbird built her nest on my bulganvilla branch outside my bedroom window in 2021 and I was blessed enough to watch them hatch and fly away. This she laid two more eggs a year later(this year) and I got footage of a crow that, perched on the railing, reached out and ate them. The mom still feeds on the feeder I put out there. I since put an owl with a moving head in the bush and spikes on the railing to cut off access to the crow from the nest, in hopes she lays eggs in there again sooner than next year. What’s the likelihood of a hummingbird laying eggs right after her eggs were eaten by a crow?

    • Holly Grant, Project Assistant says:

      Hi Anna, It’s hard to say for sure. Usually if the adults are attacked or scared off the nest they don’t tend to return to the same spot to build again in a future year. That said, it won’t prevent another individual from trying to nest there.

  17. Texas Bird Family says:

    So sad!

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