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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hummingbird Nests

Do hummers reuse nests? I know where an old nest is and I'd like to keep it if they're done using it. Todd in Owosso, MI

Attleson Farm: Hummingbird NestImage by elisfanclub via FlickrHummingbird nests are fascinating. Female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds alone construct cup shaped nests with a diameter about the same size as a quarter. They start to build with bud scales and spiderwebs and then camouflage the outside with lichen. To cushion the inside of the nest they use cotton or some other plant fluff like dandelions.

Some hummingbirds do fix up their old nest and reuse it. So I would just leave the nest you found alone but check it next spring to see if you are lucky enough to have the hummer return.

Also many people do not know that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act does make it illegal to collect nests of any native bird without a permit.

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2 comments:

Vetsy said...

I hope one day in the future to be lucky enough to have a Hummingbird nest in my yard.

That was a good question.. I'll make a note of it.

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

I know, sometimes you're right in front of a nest but it's so small and camouflaged you still can't see it.

The only possible way for most people to find a nest is to follow a hummingbird home or like one customer, be lucky enough to have them build right outside your second story window.

Thank your for the comment. I also enjoyed your recent blog post about your nieces feeding the chickadees. Some birds are so friendly. I think the chickadees had a good season because we have so many at the feeders this fall.

Keep feeding the birds, Sarah