Enjoy the Travel Series, Birdwatcher Series, Species Spotlights and more observations from nature.
Lest you get out those garden tools and start trimming back, our visit to the local plant nursery this morning was a reminder to hold off. There is an Anna's Hummingbird nesting on the branch of a short tree right in the middle of all of the plants for sale! She doesn't seem to mind the comings and goings at all, according to the nursery staff, who have had to continue watering their merchandise as she settles onto her new nest. ;-) The staff said they had seen her gathering up the nesting materials - specifically cobwebs here and there - as she continued to build out her sturdy little nest. Remember how tiny these nests are - just a little wider than an adult hummingbird. Be on the lookout for them anywhere around the outside of your home - including the place you might least expect them. My friend and fellow seal rescue crewmate, Maria, has even had them nesting on her Christmas lights that she laughed about not having taken down in a timely fashion. Bet she has no regrets about that now! ;-)
As always, contact your local wildlife rehabilitator if you find a bird or newborn chick in need. Be sure to enjoy the season!!