Monday, July 13, 2015

Crazy (or Ingenius) Choices From Hummingbirds

I received these photos just a few days ago of ruby-throated hummingbird nests in unusual locations. I never cease to be amazed with how birds choose their nest sites. 

This bird constructed two nests on a string of lights under a front porch roof. The top photo is of the female putting the finishing touches on one of her nests. Apparently two nests were present and were simultaneously active.

Again, this bird below opted to build a nest at a front porch, this time on a hanging wind chime.

Photo by Tom Chervenak

Clearly the birds know a safe location when they see it. Obviously the nestings were successful as evidenced by the presence of nearly fully grown juveniles in both. The combination of a sheltered site, stable substrate to attach the nest to, inaccessibility to the nest from below (unlike a tree) and maybe the close proximity of humans all combined for a great nest site choice for both birds.

Photo by Tom Chervenak