You don’t often get to watch hummingbirds up close for any length of time because they are so small and always on the move. That is why it is so much fun to see hummingbirds perch at feeders to take a break or even have the rare treat of seeing one on the nest.
For the last three years a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird has been a regular visitor to my hummingbird feeder at home. At least, we like to think she is the same bird. You know when she is visiting the feeder when one of the kids calls out, “She’s back!”
Our feeder is in the middle of our living room picture window. She shows up in the early morning for a drink and disappears for a while. Her afternoon and evening visits are when she stops and rests a while on the feeder’s raised perches. It is so much fun to watch her up close for extended periods.
While birding in Texas this spring, I had another exciting close encounter. A female Black-chinned Hummingbird (very similar looking to Ruby-throated Hummingbirds) was sitting on a nest about 10 feet high on an open tree branch.
What an amazing site! She was just out of reach of my iPhone camera; but, I was able to use a spotting scope and digiscope some pictures with my iPhone. That is the picture shown above.
Hummingbird nests are not often seen; let alone with mom sitting on the blueberry-sized eggs. They are typically eye-level or higher in a tree. When they are close to eye-level, like the one I found, they are often overlooked because they are so small and well camouflaged. The golf ball-sized nests, often camouflaged with lichen, tree bark or flower petals, can be easily mistaken for a knot on the branch.
Have you had a close encounter of the bird kind? Feel free to share them in our comments section.