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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fox Farm - A Urban farm is also wildlife habitat series - Hummingbirds

One of the benefits of a urban farm is a farm provides habitat for wildlife that would not do well in a suburban neighborhood.     I have quite a few hummingbirds on the farm.    They were wonderful birds and its fun watching them dart around the trees, and flowers on the farm.   They also will be flying above the pond catching mosquitoes in mid air.    The hummingbird is a small bird that will thrive in any urban neighborhood, so don't necessarily need a farm to survive.   If you want to see their antics, just place a hummingbird feeder near a window and they will arrive shortly.

I noticed a hummingbird buzzing around the front gate of the farm and saw it land on a branch.  I realized it was sitting on a nest, so I took some pictures.   I am amazed how big the eggs are compared to the size of the humming bird.   The nest is very small and about the size of a half walnut shell.   Its made out of leaves and spider webs.  The hummingbird will spend a lot of time, collecting enough spider webs to make the nest which looks nice and soft inside.  

Incubation last around 14 days.   After 5 days, there were babies in the nest.   Here is a picture of the babies,   They are really small.   

They seemed to grow fast, and I took another picture about 5 days later.   You can see one of them begging for food with it mouth open.  

They were gone a week later.  Hopefully they were all big enough to fly away and make more nests to raise babies.