Friday, March 27, 2009

Last Summer's Hummingbird Nest

Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 21, 2009. Hummingbird nest remnants hanging off our Corralitas driveway. 2 Freeway is in the background. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Last summer, a few weeks after her first baby left the nest, the hummingbird laid another batch of eggs. Two weeks later, she abandoned them. Since the eggs were so isolated by the hanging plant, no predators found them.

After eight months of heat, rain and wind, the nest still contains last summer's eggs. The nest seemed to quickly degrade in large chunks about a month ago. It looks like a hummingbird was scavenging the old nest material for another nest.