Hummingbird cam!

Anna s hummingbird

The newspaper from my old hometown has an Anna’s hummingbird nesting near its offices, so it did what any self-respecting Oregon paper would do: it mounted a video camera and set up a web page.

Alas, the incubation did not go well and the hummingbird abandoned her nest a month ago. But three weeks later, a new nest was located, and as you can see from the photo above, this one has been much more successful.

I’ve already watched a feeding. The great thing about hummingbird cams is that the chicks feed so often, which translates to lots of action.

As always with hummingbirds, I wonder how the chicks manage what is effectively sword swallowing. Mama’s beak looks like it’s going all the way down to her babies’ toes.

(Hat tip to my mom.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Hummingbird cam!

  1. Alma says:

    I couldn’t find a link to click to get to the cam. While waiting for you to edit that, I’m posting a link to a blogpost about some far less spectacular filming of a nesting bird. This is outside the Stockholmian equivalent of Royal Albert Hall, Berwaldhallen, where a great tit has decided to nest inside an ashtray.
    http://stationsvakt.blogspot.se/2012/06/i-en-askkopp-utanfor-berwaldhallen-2.html

    • oregon expat says:

      Gah! Fixed, thank you.

      And I have never seen a great tit engaging in offensive posturing before! That was cool and very impressive. Crap choice for a nesting site, but if people leave it alone, it will turn out well — esp. given that the tit appears to enjoy some protection.

      • Alma says:

        I’ve been attacked by great tits, actually. (Haha, that just sounds hilarious from a non-biologist standpoint…!) Did a small project on their foraging behaviour during a uni course. They can bite! But that mother protecting her young was impressive indeed.
        Wonder how this turned out. I hope they survived!

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