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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, March 04 2011 @ 08:04 AM EST (Read 4296 times)  
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Hummingbird Nest - Victoria BC

This Cam shows an Ana's Hummingbird - named Sweetie Bird.
It is in a garden in Victoria BC and is being shown under the HWF umbrella.

Her nesting season is from December to August, during which time she will lay a pair of eggs every 6 weeks.

The nest has been filmed since 2009 - making a valuable archive of four generations so far.
Join us to watch the 2011 season - on Pacific time (GMT -8)

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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, March 04 2011 @ 08:06 AM EST  
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Introducing Sweetie Bird

Sweetie Bird is an Anna’s Hummingbird. Her nesting season is from December to August. During that time period she lays two eggs almost every six weeks. In fact, when one batch of chicks gets too large for her to sit on, she will make another nest and lay another two eggs and she sits on those while still feeding her near fledged chicks!


Laying the eggs
She lays two eggs, about a day and a half apart. This becomes obvious in the development of the chicks because one is always a bit ahead of the other, in hatching, feeding and even fledging. You get to realize just how vital a single day can be in the life of a hummingbird when you see how fast they develop.

The eggs
The eggs are about the size of coffee beans and have a soft papery shell. When the chick emerges, the shell collapses like a soft paper bag and becomes part of the nest floor. The chicks have no little point on their beak like other birds so they break through the eggshell by simply getting too big for it and splitting it like a sprout out of a seed.

Information extracted from the Humming Birds Up Close website





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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, March 04 2011 @ 08:07 AM EST  
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Unfortunately - as we were setting this thread up - Eric noticed that Sweetie Bird hadn't visited the nest for over 2 hours!
Baby Hummingbirds need feeding every 20 minutes.

Eric tried feeding them a little to tide them over - but when it was obvious that Sweetie Bird was absent - he called in Wild Arc - and they came to collect the chicks - nest and all.

Thanks to Eric's prompt action the chicks - named Snowflake and Blizzard - are doing well at the Wild Arc rescue centre!
Read Eric's blog for the full story.

Fortunately there is another nest in the garden - so the camera was tranferred there!

This is Tweet - a daughter of Sweetie Bird - and she is sitting on two eggs.

This thread is being locked - and we are starting another to follow Tweet and her babies!



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