June 18, 2009

Hummingbird Nest

Hummingbird nest, photo by Rosemary West © 2009I found this hummingbird nest on the patio. Old nests often tumble from trees or blow in on the wind. I have a feeling this one was never used; typically the used nests are more compacted, especially on the inside. Made of local plant materials, this was a little over two inches in diameter.

Hummingbirds are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We should never harm, disturb or collect the birds or any of their parts, including feathers, eggs and nests. If you find a nest which appears to be in trouble, such as one containing eggs or babies which has fallen to the ground, you should immediately contact a licensed wild bird rehabilitator.

This empty nest will be allowed to continue drifting naturally on the wind.

Hummingbird nest, photo by Rosemary West © 2009

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