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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.

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Debbie Conarroe DavisThat's really neat!

1 week ago   ·  1
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Deneen KvetonLove this.

1 week ago   ·  1
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Sue GabriesheskiHappy! Cute!

1 week 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 week ago
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Milaka StrandThat's amazing!

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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.

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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!

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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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. :(

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

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Amanda LowmanPoor Cobbler

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Janelle Pickett SartainShe's a bitch!

2 weeks ago   ·  2
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Lisa Marie EdwardsWhat a grump!!!!!!

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Nicole Baccus RosalezHope she's okay!!

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Jeri WeltyWelcome to the jungle!

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Jackie HiebertWow.

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Kellie TrippOh no!

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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.

2 weeks 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

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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! ;)

2 weeks ago
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Ginger KleinHummer baby nap time. 💤

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Gayle Wayne Chamberlainthis is amazing

2 weeks ago
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Jeannie JonesThanks for sharing🌺

2 weeks 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

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Glenda HawthorneCan you tell male and female yet?

2 weeks ago

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Errai ZetaThis is way too cool! Lovely documentation

2 weeks ago
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Susie Karvalics

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Another feeding for Cobbler
Cobbler gets another feeding from Cherry while hiding in the bushes.
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Susie KarvalicsEric what is the survivor rate of the babies? I have a few females here at my place in Comox. But the population hasn't increased. Do the young ones move on or killed by predators like the neighbours cat or other animals

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Errai ZetaTruly incredible. I'm amazed at what these mothers do. Just thinking about how they have to keep up with the demand of feeding their babies, plus themselves! The fast metabolisms and everything!

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Lana MahoneyI've sure enjoyed these hummingbird posts. Thanks for sharing.

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Cobbler is waiting for Cherry to come around with lunch. During the first few weeks, fledglings still get fed by Mom so they develop a few favorite perches where they are easily found ... See MoreSee Less

Cobbler is waiting for Cherry to come around with lunch. During the first few weeks, fledglings still get fed by Mom so they develop a few favorite perches where they are easily found

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Michelle BullockThank you for sharing your knowledge! I thought I knew quite a bit about hummingbirds until I started following your page. Now I realize that was just a drop in the bucket. They are amazing creatures and you are awesome for sharing!

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Anna Rene Kellum GonzalesMy favorite bird in the world!

2 weeks ago
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Errai ZetaIloveitsomuchhh

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Cherry squabbles with the neighbor.
Cherry feeds Cobbler and then tells the neighbor chick to get lost. Listen to the squabbling when Cherry leaves the branch.
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Milaka StrandI've heard that buzzy call before and have wondered what it meant! It's not Rufous flying past for sure! I wonder how long mother hummingbirds defend their kids?

2 weeks ago
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Gayle Wayne Chamberlainthis is precious

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Valleri HoeferLook at the tongue on that baby

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Cobbler and the neighbor chick.
Cobbler hangs out in a bush and a neighbor chick is nearby. This isn't sibling Peach, it's a chick that fledged about a week before Cobble from another nest.
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Milaka StrandWow! So many little ones in one area - amazing!

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Cobbler gets lunch
Cherry finds Cobbler in the woods and delivers lunch right on time.
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Glenda HawthorneShe says, "I didn't raise you from an egg to see you sit here and starve!" LOL

3 weeks ago   ·  1
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Brenda Sandefurhow she didn't just zoom off she fluttered to and fro a few showing baby :D so cute!!

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Dave ComesSo nice to be able to view and tape this!!!

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Marianita MartinThanks for sharing

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Debbie ClarkSweet.....

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Mernie Jones SenchukGreat shot! What type of camera and lens are you using? Your photography is amazing! Thanks for sharing 😊

3 weeks ago
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Cobbler tasting things.
Cobbler is tasting everything in hopes of working out how this food thing works. Cobbler only fledged a few hours ago.
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Glenda HawthorneLOL, I was beginning to think they would never leave the nest!

3 weeks ago   ·  1
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Nolene PattersonI absolutely love this video!!! How adorable!!!

3 weeks ago   ·  1
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Milaka StrandThat angle - awesome! It's so cute to watch them tasting everything. My young ones check every leaf, every berry, anything that might yield food. "my young ones" - I'm just so proud of the little ones and so happy that they found my patio.

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Errai ZetaWow! You've done an amazing job documenting their lives! Soooo sweet

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Cobbler flies off!
Cobbler fledged when I wasn't looking, but didn't go far. Here is Cobbler still getting fed by mother Cherry.
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Milaka StrandCherry's kids are so cute! I'm glad Cobbler has finally found the courage to leave the nest.

3 weeks ago
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Michelle BullockYeah Cobbler!

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Tracy CampanellaAndy Beveridge, you would like this Page.

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