My Hunt for Tiny Treasure

4-30-2019 bRuby-throated hummingbirds were named for the look of the male birds’ necks, which are spangled with shiny red feathers. When I see a male ruby-throated hummingbird in good light, I think his throat looks just like Dorothy’s ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz.

I have seen quite a few ruby-throated hummingbirds over the years, but do you know what I have never seen? I have never seen a ruby-throated hummingbird’s nest. And I have searched hard for one!

Hummingbird nests are made using spider webs. A female hummingbird builds with fibrous plant matter and then glues it all together with sticky spider silk. Isn’t that so clever?

The nests these three-inch-long birds build are teeny-tiny and therefore hard to find. It would be easy to overlook a hummingbird nest, thinking it was nothing but an inconsequential bump on a tree branch. To make things even more challenging, the nests are inhabited when trees are covered in leaves, so the little nests are most-likely hidden behind a curtain of greenery.

I will, however, not be daunted!  I plan to continue my search for a ruby-throated hummingbird’s nest this year. Wish me luck, okay? I will need it!

In the meantime, I plan to re-watch this delightful two-minute video from the folks at PBS Nature, which shows a female hummingbird building a nest. If you have the time, you should definitely check it out!

XOXO,
Bernice4-30-2019 a

8 Comments »

  1. Oooohhhh! I loved the link that showed the scale of a hummingbird’s nest! The size of a quarter! So teeny! I’ll help you look for one, Bernice!

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  2. Hi, Bernice. Interesting how jewel-like the male ruby throated hummingbird’s throat looks in sunlight! The video you linked to of the mother hummingbird building the nest is so interesting. Neat how she uses the spider web material to solidify the nest.
    Let Mom and me know if you find a nest. Love to see one in the trees.
    Love,
    Dad

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