At The Hummingbird Nest: Chicks Are Go For Preflight

While the nest first looks like it’s occupied by two adults, mom soon shows up at the 1:52 mark to feed her chicks that are rapidly outgrowing their birthplace – and both of which are very close to fledging. After mom leaves there’s some preening and stretching that goes on to the 4:14 point wherein both start giving their wings a good workout.

Whenever they do attempt that first flight — one of the riskiest moments in their young lives — they’ll benefit from mom having built their nest a few feet above a flat-roofed shed, which will not only give them a stable surface to land upon, but could also keep them from winding up on the ground and whatever dangers lurk down there.

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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."