Monday, April 26, 2010

Flying and landing

There has been an active Costa’s hummingbird nest in a small oak tree near the education building at the Park. Everyone’s been saying for days that the two baby hummers are just about ready to leave the nest.
Well, today was the day, and I got to watch! The first baby out was already on a branch about a foot from the nest when I got there:
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I watched it practice flying to another nearby branch: no problem. But it hadn’t given much thought about how to land, and spent a few comical seconds madly hovering before it figured out it needed to be ABOVE the branch before settling down. It continued to practice flying and landing while its sibling stretched its wings. Then mom came along and fed the still-sedentary hummer:
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A fun morning!


  1. Anonymous4:43 PM

    Totally awesome. I never got to see the pigeons in my windowsill take off. But I never even knew that pigeons had little yellow chicks until they were hatched under my nose. Great shots.

  2. Totally awesome. Great shots.

  3. Wonderful pictures! Truly professional looking!

  4. Anonymous7:30 AM

    there is always something interesting on this blog