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.)


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.

    • 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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