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Cherry, an Anna's Hummingbird, watches over her territory. ... See MoreSee Less

Cherry, an Annas Hummingbird, watches over her territory.

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Milaka StrandI've been wondering about Cherry! Thank you for posting this! <3

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Hummingbirds up close shared their video.

Hummingbirds up close
One from the archives.
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Just because I can, here's Chip and Chirp being fed by Sweetiebird last year.

Cheryl Stielau, Karin Erickson Drury and 23 others like this

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Mary Kathleen CaustonThis was the first video I'd ever seen of beloved humming birds. I was so inspired! Thank you for sharing it again. :)

2 weeks ago   ·  2
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Dorothy WinnettSo beautiful & amazing, Thank you for sharing ♥♥♥

2 weeks ago   ·  2
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Brenda SandefurAwe gosh! her babies are beautiful ..as well as her!!!!!! <3 <3

2 weeks ago   ·  2
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Christine MiSweetiebird is the most memorable hummingbirds to me.

6 days ago   ·  1
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Linda McKinneyLove humming birds

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Lana MahoneyIncredibly amazing photo. Thanks.

2 weeks ago
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Cherry, an Anna's Hummingbird, watches over her nest. ... See MoreSee Less

Cherry, an Annas Hummingbird, watches over her nest.

Peach and Cobbler harassed in the nest.
Here is Peach and Cobbler get harassed by another female while still in the nest.
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Candace WareYeesh, life's lessons start early in hummingbird world, don't they?!

2 weeks ago   ·  5
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Christine MiIt looks like a juvenile was either checking them out.

6 days ago
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Errai ZetaIncredible footage! Dang, that sucks :(

2 weeks ago   ·  3
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Michelle BullockWow what a bully she is! Who knew!?!

2 weeks ago
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Lorna RolphAmore 😍

2 weeks ago
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Faye Marie MillerThey knew their mama for sure never opened their mouth for that one at all.

1 week ago
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Saw this sweet chick hanging out in Hummingbird Hills. ... See MoreSee Less

Saw this sweet chick hanging out in Hummingbird Hills.

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Phyllis WebsterHow I love humming birds. Our feeder if being used by two adults right now. I hope one is from the nest we watched very close up last summer!

2 weeks ago
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Jasmine LiauneoLovely feathered friend!💖😊

2 weeks ago
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Gayle Wayne Chamberlainlove my hummingbirds soon they will leave Ohio till next spring

2 weeks ago
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Lucie WarrenMy favorite bird !!!! <3

2 weeks ago
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Michelle BullockThank you much for sharing! Nice to see your awesome pics and video once more! Missed ya! Hope all is well!

2 weeks ago
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Diane KirbyI have so many hummers right now, can't keep the feeders filled. Love them !!!

2 weeks ago
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Maria Beatriz Fleitas RiveroComparto,gracias.

2 weeks ago
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Milaka StrandI love hummer kids! They're so curious, exploring every bloom and leaf in their search for food. They always seem surprised to find what a feeder actually does. <3 Adorable picture. I love how you always seem to capture their minute feet. <3

2 weeks ago
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Rosario Gomes-ChaidezAawwe

2 weeks ago
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Caroline Piché SauerSuch a cutie! 💕

2 weeks ago
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Cheryl-Ann WebsterPhyllis Webster I think you will love this sweetie.

2 weeks ago
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Richard PurserSusie Purser

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Hummingbirds up close shared NestWatch - Cornell Lab of Ornithology's photo.

The official announcement. Yahoo! It's nice to win. Thanks to those of you who voted for my photos.
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This sweet Anna's Hummingbird sitting on her well-camouflaged nest won the Home Tweet Home Judges' Choice award and the Nests & Eggs category award. Congratulations to Eric Pittman who snapped this gorgeous photo in Victoria, British Columbia! See all the award winners and honorable mentions @ bit.ly/HTHWinners. Eric will be getting a fabulous nest box with a pre-installed nest cam and cable from Spy On A Bird, plus other great prizes from the Cornell Lab.

The official announcement. Yahoo! Its nice to win. Thanks to those of you who voted for my photos.

Donna Cain, Darlene Hannah and 23 others like this

Kitty BeaudryBeautiful! Love her beautiful nest too!

2 weeks ago
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Hummingbird chick sings softly. Turn up your volume.
Here is something interesting, A week out of the nest this hummingbird chick is singing really softly. It stops when Mom speaks up from another perch. I have never seen that before.
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Sally GuraI've only heard one sing one time, and he sang his heart out. It was in California about 2006 on vacation. I didn't even know they could.

1 month ago   ·  2
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Debbie Conarroe DavisThat's really neat!

1 month ago   ·  1
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Milaka StrandThat's amazing!

1 month ago   ·  1
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Deneen KvetonLove this.

1 month ago   ·  1
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Sue GabriesheskiHappy! Cute!

1 month ago   ·  1
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Jeri WeltyI don't think I heard it singing -- there were other birds singing. I heard the scolding noise probably from the mom.

1 month ago
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Cobbler gets attacked!
Cobbler gets attacked!
The neighbour's Mom doesn't like where Cobbler is sitting. She figures he ought to give her little one a bit more space. Her chick is sitting about 4 ft away in the bush.
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Hummingbirds up closeCobbler is OK, he just moved a bit further away.

1 month ago   ·  5

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Michelle BullockPoor Cobbler! They can be so aggressive with each other around the feeder. I had no idea that a Mom would be this aggressive towards a young one. Hope Cobbler is OK!

1 month ago   ·  2
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Brenda Sandefuroh my goodness. that was so mean.. Cobbler didn't know any meanness till this moment.. and so it begins! LIFE..innocence gone in that very moment. :(

1 month ago   ·  3
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Errai ZetaOh my god! Is Cobbler okay?! Couldn't tell 😱 can they even fly yet?

1 month ago   ·  1
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Amanda LowmanPoor Cobbler

1 month ago   ·  1
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Janelle Pickett SartainShe's a bitch!

1 month ago   ·  2
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Lisa Marie EdwardsWhat a grump!!!!!!

1 month ago   ·  1
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Nicole Baccus RosalezHope she's okay!!

1 month ago   ·  1
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Jeri WeltyWelcome to the jungle!

1 month ago   ·  1
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Jackie HiebertWow.

1 month ago   ·  1
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Kellie TrippOh no!

1 month ago   ·  1
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Kitty BeaudryOh no....scary!!

2 weeks ago
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Milaka Strandoh, no! Poor little Cobbler! :( I hope he's ok and can find a safe place to grow up and defend himself.

1 month ago
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Cobbler's friend getting fed
This is Cobbler's neighbor getting fed. Cobbler is sitting a few branches away.
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Milaka StrandFuzzy britches! <3

1 month ago
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Cobbler and Friend
Cobbler has a nap near the neighbor chick. They don't seem too stressed about each other.
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Milaka StrandI think as long as Cherry (mama) keeps feeding him, he'll feel fine about his little neighbor. Now, how mama feels is another story! ;)

1 month ago   ·  1
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Ginger KleinHummer baby nap time. 💤

1 month ago   ·  2
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Gayle Wayne Chamberlainthis is amazing

1 month ago
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Jeannie JonesThanks for sharing🌺

1 month ago
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Cobbler meets the neighbor chick.
Cobbler meets the neighbor chick. Cobbler is the one sitting still while the neighbor flaps around. The neighbor's beak is longer and indicates that it is slightly older. It's about a week or 10 days older. It stilll gets fed by it's mother too.
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Susie KarvalicsMust be a male if the mother is still feeding it

1 month ago

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Glenda HawthorneCan you tell male and female yet?

1 month ago

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Errai ZetaThis is way too cool! Lovely documentation

1 month ago
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I just got back from Alaska where I was helping a BBC Wildlife film crew find and film hummingbirds. It was a great adventure and I learned a lot! While there, I confirmed what I thought about my nesting material balls. I hung these balls on low branches and usually within minutes, I would have a hummingbird picking material off them to use for nests. It is a great way to confirm that nesting behavior is going on and it encourages them to nest nearby.
They are all natural material and sized for a hummingbirds beak. They will completely bio-degrade over time, and contain no chemicals or scents, which is critical so it doesn’t attract predators to their nest. These little fist-sized balls start off small, but after being picked at for a couple of days by active hummers, fluff up to about twice their size. It was invaluable in the field to ensure we were in an area where hummingbirds were nesting. If you put one in your yard, you will increase the chances that one nests near you.
I also had a hat designed with a stylish hummingbird reflecting some of the coastal native artistic styles with my website address embroidered on the back. The hats are now worn by some of the greatest BBC cameramen and you can have one too. The hats are only $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and the balls are $10.00 ea or 3 for $20.00 plus shipping or… get a hat and 3 nest balls for $35.00 and free shipping.
This website happened because I had a very prolific hummingbird in my yard. My wife and I called her Sweetiebird and she has had six generations of chicks in our yard. I filmed the last four generations in HD video and learned a lot about hummingbirds. Since then, it’s become a passion of mine. I have been a photographer all my life and I love photographing these birds. The HD video is really a great way to see them. The image quality is stunning and the process of watching the birth and growth of these hummingbird chicks is fascinating and beautiful. A large part of the joy is watching the day by day growth of the chicks and then the anticipation of flight. Sweetiebird has since passed on but has been replaced by Flower. As well as filming the birds in my yard, I watch the hummingbirds in a small bit of protected forest near my home called Hummingbird Hills. I have filmed about 60 hummingbird nests from egg to flight now and have gathered amazing information about the little birds – where and when they nest, the mortality rate, and even some of their social structure. Each nest is different and fascinating and I have been able to film some very interesting sequences. The pursuit of hummingbirds has become a passion for me and I look forward to each day with a camera when I am able to have a peek into their tiny, private world.

I also have a Facebook page which you can find by clicking on the link and you can see some of the drama that goes on as I watch these birds. Sometimes birds get their nests upset, or fall prey to other forces of nature. These are wild birds and things do not always go as planned. When I find a distressed bird or nest, I take it to Wild ARC, which is it’s best hope. They do amazing work out there, and if you want to help wild birds and animals, please donate to Wild ARC. They do a great job of saving wild birds and animals that would otherwise be left to suffer and die. They have helped me several times when I needed assistance for hummingbirds and other animals.

If you like what we have to offer, please consider a donation to help keep the site running and more filming coming!





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