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Friday, February 5, 2016

Smaller than a teacup

I saw this in the paper birch tree at the town hall.
It probably is a hummingbird nest. 
My camera extends from 4 to 180 mm.



125mm



49 mm



21 mm

Without extending the lens, the nest seems like some debris caught in the branches.

Hummingbirds generally do not reuse nests, but recycle them.
(Thank you, Google.)

The windows behind are in a room that is locked unless rented for an event,
but I'll try and keep an eye on the nest from the lower level, where I am. Until it disappears into the leaves.

22 comments:

  1. Wow. What a find.
    I am looking forward to future photos. Thank you.

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  2. Heck of a camera! Keep an eye on the nest.

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  3. Interesting. I've never seen a hummingbird's nest before.

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  4. Hari om
    Ooohhh, that's sweet wee side-project! YAMxx

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  5. The only time I saw a hummer's nest was at a friend's house. We could look down from her window and see a tiny, tiny nest and tiny, tiny eggs in it. It was about the size of a halved plum!

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  6. I don't think I've ever seen a hummer nest before... nice! I'm trying to attract hummers here, but so far, no go.

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  7. it would be an old nest though, right?

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    1. Last year's. It's April before the first crew comes through.

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  8. Interesting, they don;t take up much room do they.

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  9. I have wondered about hummingbirds' nests. I have some that hum outside my window in the summer, and I have trouble picturing them actually staying still long enough to inhabit a nest.

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  10. I have a few hummer nests and they are so little. Didn't know they didn't reuse them. They attach lichens all around the nest. Perhaps for camouflage. Very pretty.

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  11. Hummingbird nest -- what a find. I know that the nests are quite small. Hummingbirds go gaga over hanging plants that have red blossoms. I find them fun to watch as they dart through the air. -- barbara

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  12. I saw a hummingbird for only the 2nd time in all my years. I was very excited as it sat on the top of the bushes in my garden. It was a perfect spot and in profile I spotted it. Sad to say I couldn't get a photo though. Happy viewing. Perhaps you will see some hummingbirds too.

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  13. That is so sweet of a find you found. I hope there is activity there down the road.

    Betty

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  14. The intricacy of it is wonderful isn't it Joanne? I passed - and photographed -
    a similar one of a long tailed tit. Of course we only see them when the trees are bare. And I think, like you, they are only used once - unlike rooks, who just tidy up their nests each year and then re-use them.

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  15. I hope you get to see baby birds in there eventually.

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  16. You have a good camera, would love to see the hummingbirds. Didn't know that about their nests.

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  17. Nice little nest. We used to see nests in our plumeria tree next to our patio, but cut down the tree years ago because of the mess.

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  18. Somehow I did not think that hummingbirds nested so high. Live and learn.

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  19. I love finding nests and if they fall like to collect them.

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  20. I had a hummingbird nest in my tree last summer. It was very tiny and mudded on the outside!

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