My heart is going out for these two newborn hummingbirds nesting in a low branch over our pond.  They are crying out to mom for breakfast.  I am hoping she will come soon to give them their treat. They were 1-2 days old at this moment and mom had been coming and going to feed and keep them warm. A few days later my heart is going out even more now. A hummingbird who I think was the mom flew into our kitchen window and knocked the air out of her wings. She did get up and fly away and I hope she is notRead More →

Who is getting the reward in this picture?  The newborn hummingbird getting a meal?  The hummingbird mom who just was rewarded with two little hatchlings?  Or, me for having them perched just above my barbecue? I wasn’t able to barbecue at all that season because of the little babies.  That was three years ago and now they have a nest in another tree by the spa. I’ve stepped out several times to take a photo of the mother nesting but she is still too timid and immediately flies away.  This time the nest is hidden on a heavily leafed branch and it’s more difficult toRead More →

It spring at the Botanical Gardens here in Phoenix Arizona and hummingbirds are on Guard.  This little guy didn’t appear to be disturbed by anything as he attempted to scratch at something near his ear.  Do hummingbirds have ears located there?  I don’t know for sure.  But he was a lovely bird in a beautiful setting.Read More →

The season was coming to a close and the hummingbirds have grown a lot.  They are just about ready to leave the nest and mom bird is not around much anymore.   I opened up my window in the kitchen and rigged a platform to stand on so that I could get closer pictures of the birds this time.   Watching the birds grow and thrive was a delight.  I was sad to see when they finally left the nest, but was glad to get my barbecue back.  After they left, I removed the nest so that they would find another place the next season.Read More →

These tiny little bitty hummingbirds hatched directly over my barbecue one season.  I couldn’t bring myself to remove them so there was no use of the barbecue so it sat there, idle.. cold and neglected for at least several months. It was such a pleasure to watch momma bird bring them their meals and feed them several times a day.  We were able to watch from right inside my home from a big kitchen window.  These pictures were taken outside with me perched on a chair and I was surprised that the mom let me get so close without freaking out. To view the pictures in larger sizeRead More →