‘Nother Nest

On the first of this month I posted an itty bitty bit of video of the hummingbird and nest Susan found high up in the laurel tree overhanging our front yard. A couple days earlier I posted better ones over at LA Metblogs. In the days since we’ve been monitoring the mama and her eggs’ progress, and so far all has been good with no teeny tiny baby beaks have been seen poking out of the nest.

At the rear of the house in the tree central to our backyard — most recently made famous here in April for its busy bushtit nest (now empty that the chicks have fledged) — I’ve been close-range buzzed by another hummingbird several times, and when the last divebomb happened this morning I commented to Susan that there must be another nest nearby.

Well sure enough, I just happened to look in the right place today and voila there it was in a bough practically at eye-level from where I stood. Empty of mom at that moment, I ran in grabbed the cam to get shots of the eggs and nest, like so, using a pencil eraser to give a sense of scale (click to biggify):

Yeah, those two little eggs aren’t much bigger than the pencil’s eraser. Amazing!

This isn’t my first hummingbird nest. In June of 2007 I worried myself sick keeping eyes on a pair of hummingbird chicks safe from our cats after they ended up on the patio several times when they were trying get their wings working.

Here we go again!

UPDATED (1:58 p.m.): Mama came back and didn’t freak out with me about 6 feet away with the big camera (click to biggify). Wonderous. Joyous. Magnificence.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."