Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Stretching Their Wings

The hummer babies are about 19 days old, and have grown quickly in size.

A little while ago we could only see them when they lifted their tiny heads for Mom to feed them.

Now we can see them from across the patio.

They are very aware of their surroundings and turn their heads constantly as they look all around.

There is a lot of fidgeting and jostling going on as they shift position, and stretch and flutter their wings.

They are moving around a lot, and the sides of the nest are starting to get flattened.

Sometimes Mom Hummer has a hard time trying to find an edge to perch on when she feeds them.

We also noticed Mom is changing her behavior. She is extremely aggressive at the nearby hummingbird feeder, chasing away other birds.

A couple of days ago we saw her chase a male Costa's hummer under a patio chair, and keep him cornered there for a couple of seconds.

Yesterday she chased a Verdin off the feeder and into a nearby hanging spider plant.

Mom Hummer is also spending more time hovering around the nest, instead of flying directly to it and perching right away. Maybe she is encouraging the babies to fly? They flutter their wings in response to her behavior.

"If you were born without wings, do nothing to keep them from growing."
~ Coco Chanel

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