This morning I was trying to finish up some projects in the yard before more rain moves in for the the next three days when I noticed a little Hummingbird busily flying to one particular tree.
I stopped and went inside to get the camera to see if I could follow what she was doing. What a nice little surprise! She was building a nest! This is the first time I have ever seen one in the process of nest building and was a bit mesmerized watching. Looking closely at the nest material I see bits of lichen and catkins from the oak trees.
I had to do a little bit of reading to find some information about their nesting behavior. Nests take appx. 6-10 days to build and measure about 2 inches across and 1 inch deep. Average clutch size is 1-3 eggs. It is hard to imagine how tiny the babies must be.
I saw the first Hummingbirds here this year on either 13 or 14 April. Looking at the nest she must have started building not long after her arrival. As I watched her today she brought in a few things and would work them into the nest. She would then sit in the nest and appeared to vibrate as if to pack the nesting material down. I watched her do this several times so I don't think she has laid any eggs yet.
This will definitely be something fun to watch this year. The lighting is a bit difficult and today the wind was really blowing the branches so I hope as the sun gets a little higher in angle the light will get better and sooner or later....the wind has to quite blowing.