Rufous Hummingbird Nest

Two eggs are laid in a Rufous Hummingbird nest. One is tucked right up against the near wall and hard to see while the other is in clear sight. The walls of the nest are quite high to help keep the eggs safe during windstorms when they could be tossed out. The nest is made of fluffy plant material stuck together with spider web and is flexible so it stretches when the chicks grow. It’s camouflage precisely matches the color and texture of the branch it was built on.

A Rufous Hummingbird feeding it’s Chick

A Rufous Hummingbird renovated and re-used last years nest in a fir tree. It was right off the gable end of a house so I was able to sit on the peak of the roof and get this shot. I sent up a webcam and lots of people watched as the chick, “Rusty”, developed and eventually fledged. Rusty was the sole hatchling from a pair of eggs which were laid and he thrived.

Baby rufous hummingbird feeding on columbine

Immature female rufous hummingbird feeding on columbine flowers in the rain.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology