• Glenn Wilson
    22
    POD: Picture of the Day June 28, 2018
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    This is, I think, a Violet-crowned Hummingbird. She has been building a nest in our garden here in San Miguel de Allende. We can see a little into the nest from our terrace. It still looks empty. If things go as we expect we will have pictures of eggs then baby hummingbirds to share.

    Photo © 2018 Glenn E Wilson Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
  • Ira Goldman
    9
    don't show this to Schuster
  • Glenn Wilson
    22
    El gato Schuster has ignored the hummingbird so far.

    Even when she buzzed at him and scolded him "chirp! chirp! chirp!" just a few feet above his head he seemed unaware of her. He has been an indoor cat all his life, until we moved here, and he has never climbed a tree. So, he is not much danger to the hummingbirds, unless a baby falls out of the nest.

    At 14 years old, it seems unlikely that he will suddenly start climbing trees, but you never know. But, even if he did, he probably could not get far enough out on the narrow branch that the nest is on.

    But we won't show him the picture. He might get jealous!
  • Glenn Wilson
    22
    POD: Picture of the Day June 29, 2018
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    Building her nest a couple of days ago.
    Photo © 2018 Glenn E Wilson Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
  • Glenn Wilson
    22
    POD: Picture of the Day June 30, 2018
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    Hummingbirds usually lay two eggs. Yesterday morning I could clearly see one egg in the nest.
    Photo © 2018 Glenn E Wilson Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
  • Glenn Wilson
    22
    She has been sitting on the nest more than usual this morning. I suspect there are two eggs in there now but I don't have a way to see that without disturbing her.

    In many cases, the female begins to incubate her eggs as soon as the first one is laid. Usually the eggs are laid in the morning, about 48 hours apart. However, this can vary from 24 to 72 hours. The eggs hatch in approximately the same time sequence as they were laid. If they do happen to hatch at the same time, this means that incubation did not start until the second egg was laid.

    The female, who incubates the eggs alone, leaves the nest frequently during the day to feed and/or gather new reinforcing materials for her nest. The time each species sits on the eggs in the daytime ranges from less than a minute to three hours per sitting. Absences last from less than a minute up to half an hour. The number of times the nest is left varies from 10 to 110 per day. Even with the most frequent absences, the hummer's eggs are kept covered from 60% to 80% of the daylight hours. These foraging trips may contribute to the relatively long incubation period for such small eggs. In general, the minimal incubation period is from 14 to 17 days, but may be prolonged by inclement weather or harsh nesting conditions.
    Nesting Behavior of Hummingbirds
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