Life Finds A Way

I was pretty much gut-punched by the sudden and heartbreaking destruction by jays of an earlier backyard hummingbird nest and its two chicks that I’d been monitoring. It went from awesome to all gone in the blink of an eye and no matter how many times I’m shown how brutal nature can be, it never sticks.

In the days to follow I heard a familiar clicking that I hoped was their mother. And when I finally spotted this new nest in a tree next door I’d hoped it was the mother bird from the previous one, but when I saw two chick heads bob up above the rim, I knew it was a different bird.

These two are about the same age as the ones lost to the jays, and their nest is even more exposed than the previous one, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed extra tight that any marauding predator/scavengers don’t find it. Perhaps if tragedy befalls I’ll take it in better stride.

The noise you hear in the background is me doing some yard work after setting up the cam and spotting scope to get this footage.

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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, 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."