Baby hummingbird question for those who know!

Baby hummingbird question for those who know!

Joined: June 14th, 2013, 11:14 pm

June 14th, 2013, 11:29 pm #1

Mama hummingbird set up a nest right outside my office window. We watched their growth, which was a wonderful experience.

They were at the point this morning that the two of them barely fit in the nest together. One would get out and start flapping away, but not going anywhere. I peeked out the window and noticed one was missing, so I went to investigate.

I found it just a few inches from the nest, standing on a branch.

Well, apparently I got a little too close, and it jumped off the branch and took flight for the very first time while mama was away - buzzing off and out of sight.

Well, I feel terrible! Should I? Is the baby bird in danger? Is it bad that it may have flown off to somewhere that the mother can't find it?

Since then, mama has been returning to feed the remaining baby about every 1/2 hour or so, which makes me think that I may have startled the other one off prematurely and put it's life in jeopardy.

Here's a picture of them from this morning, about 1/2 hour before I accidentally scared one off.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/198 ... 1796_n.jpg

Any info or thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

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June 15th, 2013, 12:30 am #2

It's OK, Stook! Mama bird will find him or her. She knows the babies like to explore when they fledge.

Caro
SE PA, Zone 6b
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Joined: June 14th, 2013, 11:14 pm

June 15th, 2013, 12:36 am #3

Mama hummingbird set up a nest right outside my office window. We watched their growth, which was a wonderful experience.

They were at the point this morning that the two of them barely fit in the nest together. One would get out and start flapping away, but not going anywhere. I peeked out the window and noticed one was missing, so I went to investigate.

I found it just a few inches from the nest, standing on a branch.

Well, apparently I got a little too close, and it jumped off the branch and took flight for the very first time while mama was away - buzzing off and out of sight.

Well, I feel terrible! Should I? Is the baby bird in danger? Is it bad that it may have flown off to somewhere that the mother can't find it?

Since then, mama has been returning to feed the remaining baby about every 1/2 hour or so, which makes me think that I may have startled the other one off prematurely and put it's life in jeopardy.

Here's a picture of them from this morning, about 1/2 hour before I accidentally scared one off.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/198 ... 1796_n.jpg

Any info or thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!
Ah good, thank you!
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June 15th, 2013, 12:40 am #4

Mama hummingbird set up a nest right outside my office window. We watched their growth, which was a wonderful experience.

They were at the point this morning that the two of them barely fit in the nest together. One would get out and start flapping away, but not going anywhere. I peeked out the window and noticed one was missing, so I went to investigate.

I found it just a few inches from the nest, standing on a branch.

Well, apparently I got a little too close, and it jumped off the branch and took flight for the very first time while mama was away - buzzing off and out of sight.

Well, I feel terrible! Should I? Is the baby bird in danger? Is it bad that it may have flown off to somewhere that the mother can't find it?

Since then, mama has been returning to feed the remaining baby about every 1/2 hour or so, which makes me think that I may have startled the other one off prematurely and put it's life in jeopardy.

Here's a picture of them from this morning, about 1/2 hour before I accidentally scared one off.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/198 ... 1796_n.jpg

Any info or thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!


Very cute picture. I'll bet momma can find the fledgling.

Cheers,Bob
KLEX - USA
USDA Zone 6b

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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 3:18 am

June 15th, 2013, 4:08 am #5

Mama hummingbird set up a nest right outside my office window. We watched their growth, which was a wonderful experience.

They were at the point this morning that the two of them barely fit in the nest together. One would get out and start flapping away, but not going anywhere. I peeked out the window and noticed one was missing, so I went to investigate.

I found it just a few inches from the nest, standing on a branch.

Well, apparently I got a little too close, and it jumped off the branch and took flight for the very first time while mama was away - buzzing off and out of sight.

Well, I feel terrible! Should I? Is the baby bird in danger? Is it bad that it may have flown off to somewhere that the mother can't find it?

Since then, mama has been returning to feed the remaining baby about every 1/2 hour or so, which makes me think that I may have startled the other one off prematurely and put it's life in jeopardy.

Here's a picture of them from this morning, about 1/2 hour before I accidentally scared one off.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/198 ... 1796_n.jpg

Any info or thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!
There is no way to know if the youngster that fledged prematurely is OK unless you see the mother feeding it. If the young one makes some sounds, then the female may look into it. However, with one still in the nest, she may be focussing all of her attentions on the chick in the nest.

Just keep a vigilant eye but do not approach the nest. If you should find the youngster on the ground, place it on a perch in a shrub within sight of the nest. Good luck!

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Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, Louisiana USA
USDA Zone 9b
http://www.casacolibri.net/
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Joined: June 14th, 2013, 11:14 pm

June 15th, 2013, 7:02 am #6

Mama hummingbird set up a nest right outside my office window. We watched their growth, which was a wonderful experience.

They were at the point this morning that the two of them barely fit in the nest together. One would get out and start flapping away, but not going anywhere. I peeked out the window and noticed one was missing, so I went to investigate.

I found it just a few inches from the nest, standing on a branch.

Well, apparently I got a little too close, and it jumped off the branch and took flight for the very first time while mama was away - buzzing off and out of sight.

Well, I feel terrible! Should I? Is the baby bird in danger? Is it bad that it may have flown off to somewhere that the mother can't find it?

Since then, mama has been returning to feed the remaining baby about every 1/2 hour or so, which makes me think that I may have startled the other one off prematurely and put it's life in jeopardy.

Here's a picture of them from this morning, about 1/2 hour before I accidentally scared one off.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/198 ... 1796_n.jpg

Any info or thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!
I can't not approach the nest unless I don't leave my house. It's literally 2 feet from our front door. We've been cool for the process.
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June 15th, 2013, 5:19 pm #7

Mama hummingbird set up a nest right outside my office window. We watched their growth, which was a wonderful experience.

They were at the point this morning that the two of them barely fit in the nest together. One would get out and start flapping away, but not going anywhere. I peeked out the window and noticed one was missing, so I went to investigate.

I found it just a few inches from the nest, standing on a branch.

Well, apparently I got a little too close, and it jumped off the branch and took flight for the very first time while mama was away - buzzing off and out of sight.

Well, I feel terrible! Should I? Is the baby bird in danger? Is it bad that it may have flown off to somewhere that the mother can't find it?

Since then, mama has been returning to feed the remaining baby about every 1/2 hour or so, which makes me think that I may have startled the other one off prematurely and put it's life in jeopardy.

Here's a picture of them from this morning, about 1/2 hour before I accidentally scared one off.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/198 ... 1796_n.jpg

Any info or thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!
Nancy is correct ofcourse, Stook! I always trust her expertise!

Sometimes I get a little over optimistic. I was just anxious to tell you that all was not lost. :?

Caro
SE PA, Zone 6b
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