Photo Essay: Hummingbird nest

A female Anna’s hummingbird sits on top of her young. The nest appears to be built upon an older nest. Photo by Spenser Smith.
0

It’s spring, and bird nests are popping up everywhere in Nanaimo. Some, however, are harder to spot than others. A mere one inch tall, Anna’s hummingbird nests are well-camouflaged, made of leaves, moss, cattail, and other plant materials. The female takes about a week to build it and uses spider webs to bind it together. Amazingly, the eggs are only 1.2-1.4 cm long.

A female Anna’s hummingbird sits on top of her young. The nest appears to be built upon an older nest. Photo by Spenser Smith.

 

Feeding by regurgitation. Photo by Matt Mountstephen.

 

A male Anna’s hummingbird hangs out on a branch full of buds. Photo by Spenser Smith.

Want to see more bird photos? Visit Birds and Bark.