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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Latch-Key Hums


The baby hums are covered in feathers now and look like birds instead of aliens or porcupines. On the Web cam, we can see their little tongues flick in and out as they wait for momma to return with dinner. When they eliminate, they "squirt" over the edge (yes, the patio is getting rather messy!).

The babies are alone most of the time now; momma returns to the nest to feed them every hour or so, but she takes off again as soon as she's finished. She no longer sits on the nest at night. I don't know where she's sleeping; no doubt, she's somewhere nearby in case of a crisis.

2 Comments:

Blogger One of us said...

I wonder if Mom will just stop coming some day and they will have to fend for themselves or she will push them out of the next like some birds? We will have to see. Messy little things aren't they? ~Poi Mom Jane

5:34 AM  
Blogger Taliesin's Muse said...

From what I've read on the Internet, hummingbirds fledge at around three-weeks of age. Ours should leave the nest in the next 5-7 days. After that, they stay nearby, and mom continues to feed them for another 10 days. I'm hoping that, since my neighbors and I have feeders and a lot of flowering plants, the hums and their mom will make our neighborhood their permanent home.

7:29 PM  

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