Saturday, April 11, 2015

First Flight

The hummingbird babies left their nest on Thursday 9 April, 21 days after hatching.

The two of them had gotten so big that they no longer fit in the nest.

They were constantly moving about, fluttering their wings, and generally looking ready to go.

Mom Hummer continued to feed them, but also spent a lot of time hovering and circling next to the nest. It looked like she was demonstrating and encouraging them to fly.

While she was gone, the babies kept fluttering and cautiously trying out their wings in the safety of their nest.

We saw one perch on the edge of the nest and briefly lift off for a few seconds before landing back in the nest.

They kept fluttering and hovering briefly, then landing before trying it again.

And eventually, one of the times we checked back, they were both gone.

We soon saw them both at the nearby hummingbird feeder.

They were easily recognized by their smaller size and relatively shorter beaks in comparison to the adult hummers that also frequent the same feeder.

The two youngsters appeared to be staying close together - coming to the feeder at the same time or within just a few seconds of each other. Mom Hummer kept a close eye on them, hovering nearby and dive bombing any bird that looked like it might threaten her babies.

Good luck, little guys.
Have a good life. :-)  :-)

"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
~ Leonardo  da Vinci

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