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A Hummingbird’s Cozy Nest

August 1, 2022

A Hummingbird’s Cozy Nest

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Stacy Ratel Stacy Ratel

Did you know that the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) is the only hummingbird species that breeds on the eastern seaboard of North America?

This is a photograph of a ruby-throated hummingbird adult female feeding her chicks in their cozy nest. There is intense motion as the arc of the branch supporting their tiny home sways in the breeze. Yet, mom is able to hover effortlessly above her chicks in mid-air and then nourish her babies despite the challenge of the wind.

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David S Wilkie
August 1, 2022 at 9:47 am

Stacy, Marvelous photo. Love the shredded leaf nest. Is that an Oakleaf hydrangea?

    Stacy Ratel
    August 1, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Thank you very much, David! The nest was dangling from an enormous Oak Tree, not on a hydrangea. The ability of their mom to feed them mid-flight was phenomenal to observe.