Tense Times At Hummingbird West

I tried not to be too concerned, but each time throughout yesterday afternoon that I stole glimpses of the frontyard hummingbird nest I didn’t see the mother, and by the time Susan got home from work I had sat for a full 20 minutes at the front porch spotting scope and was fretting over her absence.

I tried to keep in mind that as her chicks so quickly grew she would be forced to go on extended trips gathering food enough to keep them nourished, but still… I had never gone so many hours without seeing mom on her nest and while I tried to remain hopeful I couldn’t defeat a steadily building sense that maybe something bad had happened to her. I hate that I can so easily be subsumed by despair.

So you can imagine the sense of elation when, on my final check of the nest for the day, I found momma back and feeding her hungry youngsters. I rushed to get the camera to grab a photo through the scope, but by the time I returned she was gone and all I got was this substandard snap of one of the chicks’ suddenly gigantic head sticking up above the rim of the nest:

Look at the size of that thing. It was half that size yesterday!

In related news, all’s well at Hummingbird East, where I was able to get a frame of that momma on top of her two eggs grabbing a little nap:

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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."