You're Watching Hummingbird Nest Cam

Is there any bird more ephemeral than the hummingbird? Like buzzing avian fairies darting with purpose from one bloom to the next, they pass by in a blur, never seeming to rest. Whoosh, they're gone.

So it's to the delight of armchair birdwatchers everywhere that Joe and Erica Dellwo set up a webcam in their Southern California garden to chronicle the comings and goings of Phoebe, a non-migratory Channel Islands Allen's Hummingbird. Each year she (or one of her iridescent doppelgängers) returns for a new season of hummingbird antics.

Built in a rose bush, the nest is about the size of a golf ball, with eggs the size of Tic-Tacs. Which makes sense given that the average hummingbird weighs one-tenth of a teeny ounce. The season for nesting is October through May/June. Phoebe usually lays four to five clutches per season, with two eggs per clutch.

The wee birds hatch after 17 days, and generally learn to fly within three or four weeks. When the chicks have flown the coop, so to speak, resourceful Phoebe sometimes builds a new nest, but frequently repairs the old one, and then gets to work on a new clutch. A hummingbird's work is never done...

Attracting Hummingbirds
A charm of hummingbirds flitting about the garden adds some enchanted dynamic, to be sure. Since one of the biggest threats to hummingbirds is loss of summer habitat due to development, you can help hummingbirds by planting flowers that meet their needs, while enriching your garden at the same time.

Best perennials and biennials to attract hummingbirds include hollyhock, columbine, delphinium, foxglove, daylily, coral bells, hosta, blazing star, bee balm, and garden phlox. Good annuals include flowering tobacco, scarlet runner bean, salvia, and single petunia. Regardless of annual or perennial, avoid the double flowers as they are difficult for hummingbirds (and insects) to pollinate.

Watch mom and the kids here.

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Responses to "Watch Mom and Baby Hummingbirds in Real Time with Hummingbird Nest Cam"

  1. Anonymous says:

    just too cool for words....precious!!

  2. rg says:

    Oh dear, where are they? I hope nothing awful has happened to the nestlings.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is the neatest thing in technology..imagine watching these precious things..great stuff

  4. Anonymous says:

    HEY>>>>>the camera seems to be birds are seen

  5. Anonymous says:

    What happened?

  6. rg says:

    I think if there are going to be webcams like this there should really be someone who updates it. Obviously some disaster has struck and we really need to know what has happened to the nest, the babies, and the poor mother. Please settle our anxiety!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Oh my are they gone already or did something grab them from the nest..please someone let us know!

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