Thursday, July 4, 2013

Finding Hummingbird Nests

Few of us have ever seen a hummingbird nest. From the ground, they look like another bump on a branch. From above, an umbrella of leaves conceals them. And from the side, they look like a tiny knot, quilted with lichens, plant down and fibers. Like a crown jewel, the nest of a hummingbird is one of the great wonders in all of nature. They are so tiny, yet so perfect.

They all use spider silk as threads to bind their nests together and anchor them to the foundation. They all also build velvety, compact cups with spongy floors and elastic sides that stretch as the young grow.

Most hummingbirds lay two white eggs about the size of navy beans. The females continue to add material to their nests while they incubate the eggs. Read the entire article.

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