How come I can never find a hummingbirds nest? Do they nest like regular birds?
Hummingbirds' nest are so well camouflaged and so very, very tiny most people will never discover their location. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds only nest one time a year. The female alone constructs a cup shaped nest with a diameter about the same size as a quarter. She starts to build with bud scales and spiderwebs and then
camouflage the outside with lichen. To cushion the inside of the nest they use cotton nesting material, or some other plant fluff like dandelions.
If a Ruby-throat nests near your feeder she may appreciate quick bites
to eat while incubating eggs. When the chicks hatch, they need a lot of
protein, so their mother spends a lot time foraging for small insects
and spiders. Throwing old banana peels in the garden as compost will
attract fruit flies for the hummingbirds and fertilize your garden.
After the chicks leave the nest, mommas will bring these newly fledged
hummers to feeders and you can watch them check out everything to see if
it is food. It usually takes them awhile to figure out what’s food so
fledglings are fed by their mother for another 10 days.
Young hummingbirds will look similar to a female, but as young males
begin to mature in late summer look for a few random red iridescent
feathers on the throat. And the young are very healthy looking. Their
feathers are full and shiny whereas the parent birds look a little
If you keep your feeders filled and fresh you should have hummers visiting from April until usually the end of October.
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