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Want to find hummingbird nests? Check out my mystery map of Hummingbird Hills which has 15 hidden playlists of hummingbird nests and other behavior. Go to this link and use your mouse to find the hidden nests. www.hummingbirdsupclose.com/2016MysteryMap.html ... See MoreSee Less

Want to find hummingbird nests? Check out my mystery map of Hummingbird Hills which has 15 hidden playlists of hummingbird nests and other behavior. Go to this link and use your mouse to find the hidden nests. http://www.hummingbirdsupclose.com/2016MysteryMap.html

Sandy rides the wind
Sandy rides the winds like a pro and doesn't miss a beat when feeding her chicks..
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This Male Annas Hummingbird gets a good view of the mountains.

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Deneen KvetonHe's in the catbird seat. lol

5 days ago
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Maria Auxiliadora Bandeira De MeloEu me apaixonei por essa foto...lá está Txiliá Bandeira de Melo.

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Sandy feeds her chicks.
Sandy's chicks are growing fast.
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Martha Alvaradothey do grow fast

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Emmy comes home
Emmy, an Anna's Hummingbird, comes home to sit on her eggs.
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Amanda CorbinMine showed up this morning so glad they are on the way back,,,,love my hummers ,thanks for sharing your pictures

5 days ago
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Cris HowardThank you for sharing. Its almost time to put the hummingbird feeder's up here in Ohio.

5 days ago
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Linda TackettShe needs to wiggle first before settling in!! :) <3 it!! Thank you for sharing!!

6 days ago
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Deneen KvetonThank you for sharing.

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Daniela MorescalchiHow long do they rest for?

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Sandy and her chick.
Sandy feeds one of her chicks on a windy day. But she's used to the wind.
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Maria Eugenia RomeroSandy! You are beautiful!

7 days ago
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Cris Howard

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Gloria's second nest
Gloria is building another nest on the other side of the bush from her old one. Here she uses some spider web to reinforce it.This one is extremely hard to film because the leafs are growing in now.
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Margaret KevorkianWhere are you located? My little Mother didn't come this year, after so many Years! I keep hoping it isn't too late, and keep looking for her. I am in Fresno, California, and the one who came each year was a Rufous,I believe.

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Lyn Kerkerlove this,,,,never ever saw a hummingbird in construction mode of her nest. thank you.

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Clyda VanhookShe's working real hard.

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Diane JohnsonA spider web- WOW!

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Brenda SandefurAwe she is so pretty!!! <3

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Lisa DuranteI Love this!

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Rebecca GurneyThis is so amazing beautiful 💖

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Sandy'd second nest.
Sandy's next brood has hatched. Sandy has built a nest near where her first nest was and is now feeding her second brood of the year.
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Rebecca GurneyI have a pair at my feeder in NC. We get one breed ruby throated. They nest way up high in Pines. I got them earlier this year with spring warmer. We have been getting them here for 20 years. I feel so blessed. They are a small couple. Love seeing the posts here.

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Carey DevineI didn't know they had more than one brood. Thanks for sharing

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Jo-Marie McBeanBusy breeders! Didn't know they raised young more than once annually. Thanks sfor sharing this knowledge.

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Denise BurcarBusiest little birds...Tell them to fly toward Michigan

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Lyn KerkerSandy is a very busy hummingbird.

1 week ago
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Cicely Rice KohlmeierHow many times in a season do hummers best?

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Julie Olivas-FarnumAhh so cute. Helen Rodriguez you have to start naming yours! I like that.

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Brenda SandefurHer green is so beautiful!!! <3

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Patricia O'ConnorSandy is such a good Mommy! :)

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Diane StewartAww

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Gloria's chick has fledged.
Gloria's chick, Bill, has left the nest. The remaining chick, Beak, gets a good feeding before Gloria goes off to feed Bill who is hanging out in a bush nearby.
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Amy Espinoza CupplesCan anyone tell me why my hummers are not here? Friends in town & this area Memphis have them (1 or 2). Last year was my 1st time to feed them.

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Cherie ShawThis has been so exciting to watch! Amazing how quick they are ready to leave the nest!!

2 weeks ago
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Katie KesslerCan hardly wait for "my" hummingbirds to return.

2 weeks ago
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Rebecca GurneyI always take a sigh of relief and thank God when I finally have a pair arrive 🤗

5 days ago
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Juanita WoodI love hummingbirds

2 weeks ago
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Sharon MaretMay I share ?

1 week ago
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Gloria, Beak and Bill
Gloria feeds her chicks, Beak and Bill. They are about 2 weeks old.
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Taryn BennIt simply never gets old watching your videos!!! Thank you for such amazing looks into these tiny amazing creatures lives <3

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Cherie ShawThis is so awesome to watch!!

2 weeks ago
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Steffanie Radesh BealeI don't ever get tired of these miracles either!!

2 weeks ago
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Christa Montgomery GimbelDid you name them?

2 weeks ago
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Edward CadenaI love hummingbirds

2 weeks ago
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Brenda SandefurThank you!

2 weeks ago
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Marcelle TremblayUn maman occupée....

2 weeks ago
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Lynette HolladayAwwww

2 weeks ago
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Gloria catching flies.
Gloria, an Anna's Hummingbird, catching flies on the fly. Flies are one of the hummingbirds primary food sources. Especially early in the year before the flowers blossom. Watch in HD.
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Cathy English ManweilerHmm, I don't think I will worry about burying the compost stuff. Let the flies make their home for the hummers. ;)

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Bonnie BellHummingbirds need their protein, as well as nectar.

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Brenda SandefurDidn't know they liked flys lol

3 weeks ago
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Denise BurcarShit she was too fast couldn't ever see it lol

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Janet SosinskiLove this !

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Hummingbirds up close shared Nature Conservancy of Canada's photo.

The official announcement! Yay!!!
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Congratulations to our First Signs Of Spring photo contest winner, Eric Pittman of Hummingbirds up close! Check out the full gallery --> bit.ly/1VcmDys

The official announcement! Yay!!!

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Maddeigh ChapmanCongratulations, Eric! This is a wonderful photo. Thanks for sharing all your amazing images and videos. Well-deserved win!

3 weeks ago
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Carolyn Turner-AndersonWhere does this conservancy stand on Canada's seal bashing? The humming bird picture is beautiful. Thank You

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Milaka StrandWonderful work and sincerely appreciated! Congrats! <3

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Lydia Rivera - GonsalvesFrom this morning. I have a hummingbird nest in my patio, this is the second year they make a nest there.🐣

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Michelle BullockSo awesome! You are extremely talented!

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Hummingbird Havencongratulations a well deserved honor! Eric you are the tutor of many myself included.

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Stephanie FoulgerAbsolutely Gorgeous picture!!! :)

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Cheryl Campbell CorbettHow exciting! Congratulations on a well deserved award!

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Diane Burchfield HicksWow, now that is close....

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George W. Bancroft

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Rune KarlssonGreat news!! Well deserved! Congratulations, Eric! :-)

3 weeks ago
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Sylvia BrinckmanWoot woot!!!, well deserved!

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Madeleine Webbwow..what a picture...amazing

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Cheryl-Ann WebsterWonderful and well deserved!

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Lorraine Leszczakspectacular

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Janet KennedyWoohoo!! Congratulations Eric

3 weeks ago
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Trina Bell's Humming SummerAwesome picture. Congratulations!

3 weeks ago
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Jan Rosenzweig StewartGreat photo.

3 weeks ago
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Leslie DoumaniCongrats !

3 weeks ago
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Jean Atchley HindmanAwesome love these birds

3 weeks ago
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Linda TackettFantastic!!!

3 weeks ago
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Robert GaudinierBad day!

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Bj StarkCongrats, beautiful photo!

3 weeks ago
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Carol LeBlanc

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Marcia Anne PettyWow. Great picture

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Gloria sneaks in.
Gloria, an Anna's Hummingbird, sneaks in to feed her chicks.
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Janet Bickell Williamsthey build a strong nest for tiny creatures

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Penny ReitzThank you so beautiful

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Luciana DiasGanhei o meu dia vendo essa lindeza. Obgada. Bomdia.

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Rachel KronlokkenBeautiful!

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Rebecca GurneyWhat a great mom

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Alison BuzaAUNT Penny Reitz

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Beach, an Anna's Hummingbird chick, hiding in the bush. ... See MoreSee Less

Beach, an Annas Hummingbird chick, hiding in the bush.

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Sue EmmelCan a chick have a little privacy, please?

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Lupa Lupessaha! she looks mad! Caption that photo..........Who you looking at! ha

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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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