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  •  I have been (4+ / 0-)
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    Keeping track of them by their different throat patterns.  And in my case, I don't think any of these have been residents, but probably are passing through from up north.  They really are like two show up, then they are gone after a few days.  Then another two show up!  

    Hopefully next year I will have my own local crowd to observe behaviors.  For now, it's kinda hard to see how they interact.  All may be strangers to each other! And their encounter is solely in my yard for getting sugar water! :-)

    Later I will post some photos a friend sent me of a hummingbirds nest in her yard.  :-)

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 08:42:00 AM PDT

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    •  A nest! I've only seen one in a "zoo" in Tucson. (4+ / 0-)
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      Not a zoo really.  I've forgotten what it was called.  But the nests are amazing ...

      I'm also hoping there will be more hummingbirds in the yard next year.  As you know, i put up my feeder pretty late, and i'm not sure how flexible they are with their feeding patterns.

      Speaking of nests, though, i can't imagine how the tiny, seemingly fragile nests would survive our extended wet winters here.  But we do apparently have hummers all year round!  Do they have multiple nests in case one floods out?  What if one blows over or the branch snaps in a wind storm?  You wouldn't think such a wee creature could be so resilient ...

      •  Okay... (4+ / 0-)
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        You have to realize how inept I am at getting pix from phone  to photobucket without a computer! Lol

        Here you go...

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 10:49:57 AM PDT

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      •  They will find a spot... (4+ / 0-)
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        That is as sheltered as possible, however you have to remember that during non-breeding season, they don't need a nest!  Even though they may be in your area all-year round, they won't be breeding all year round.  Birds may have a second clutch during breeding season, but not all will....especially those birds that take longer to grow, fledge and how long they stick near the parents for care.  Second clutches are for those birds that can be cut loose from fledgling parental care to actually do nest duties once more.  

        The exceptions to the larger bird type and clutches are pigeons.  Baby pigeons grow at an incredibly rate and are out of the nest I believe in about three weeks.

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 10:56:40 AM PDT

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        •  But but ... (4+ / 0-)
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          But ...

          They don't need a nest?  I've never considered that!  Now i have to completely revisit my world view. :)

          •  No... (4+ / 0-)
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            Nests are just for egg laying time. :-)

            All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

            by kishik on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 11:08:55 AM PDT

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          •  Oh ps.... (4+ / 0-)
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            Physiologically female birds need time to replace calcium they use from their bodies to make the eggshells! That is something that is wearing on the body... Hence the specific breeding times.  That and the abundance of food.

            Of course domesticated birds are a whole other story....

            All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

            by kishik on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 11:11:03 AM PDT

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          •  For example ... (4+ / 0-)
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            This fall/winter, i have a little more material i want to clear out of the trail (bushes, small trees, etc.) in order to plant some bee & bird friendly things along the path.

            Knowing how easy it would be to not notice a hummingbird's nest, i've been a bit anxious about inadvertently destroying one.  But you're saying as long as they're not breeding, it's not a concern i should necessarily preoccupy myself with?  I'm finding this to be a very freeing notion!  I'd still be careful, of course, but ...

            •  I don't know if hummers (4+ / 0-)
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              Return to the same nesting spot each year to make another little nest.  And many times, they will make new nests for cleanliness sake. But if they find a safe area, they may return.

              All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

              by kishik on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 11:21:58 AM PDT

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