I wrote last week about the hummingbird that has built a nest right outside my office window. I’m calling her Claire and she’s been there for a couple weeks now. I can’t say exactly how long, as I didn’t notice her building the nest, I only saw her after she had settled in, but even if the nest was brand new when I spotted it, it should be just about time for the eggs to hatch. Then, just yesterday, she started shifting around a lot, fluffing her feathers and adjusting.
The thing is, I’m not sure I will even be able to tell if they’ve hatched. The nest is high up in a light fixture, so I can’t see into it without disturbing her. Will the babies be big enough that I’ll see them over the edge of the nest?
Looking for answers, I found this YouTube video:
Two things caught my attention:
- Momma bird tossed the empty shells out of the nest after the babies hatched, so I checked the ground outside my window for egg pieces and didn’t find any.
- She perches on the edge of the nest while she’s feeding the little ones. I haven’t seen Claire take that position yet.
It seems safe to assume that the eggs have not hatched. But it’ll happen any day now and I have to say, having Claire and her nest outside my window has been one of the best writing distractions I’ve ever enjoyed. Stay tuned.