Empty Nest Syndrome

Poof! As expected, the two hummingbird chicks evacuated the nest they’d overgrown. Not sure if it happened yesterday or early this morning.

I eventually found the mother flitting and clicking around and soon she flew to the location of one chick, safely up in a neighboring tree.

The other chick was nowhere to be seen — either it perished or fly farther away. I did as thorough a search of the immediate grounds as possible, but it was of no luck or use.

I was able to train the spotting scope on the temporary location of the chick and managed to hold the camera up to its eyepiece for a few seconds after mother swooped in for a feeding:

Fingers crossed!

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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."