Phoebe, my favorite hummingbird, is currently tending two eggs that are expected to hatch in mid-February. Some of you will remember Phoebe from past years and newer readers may wonder what I’m talking about (search “Phoebe” in the header).
It’s simple, really. Streaming webcams are a dime a dozen, with blurry images and nothing much happening. But Phoebe’s camera is high quality and tightly focused on her nest. And while you may not give a flip about birds in general, you just might find yourself intrigued by this one. There’s not much happening yet. Just two eggs and Phoebe coming and going. If nothing else, crank up the volume and enjoy the warm sounds of birds, a fountain, and a sunny garden environment. The accompanying chat room is friendly and informative, and when the chicks hatch, you’ll be among hundreds of excited friends and spectators. Check in now and get acquainted, or make a note to come back when the eggs hatch.
Excerpted from my May 10, 2010, post:
… You don’t have to love birds to be fascinated by this one; she has a charm all her own. The camera is zoomed in tight, the picture is very sharp; you can almost count her feathers and the spider silk threads anchoring her nest. As you look in on her, though, you’ll have to keep reminding yourself that she’s only three inches long, her nest is the size of a golf ball, and her eggs are the size of Tic Tacs. Now try to imagine a live baby bird emerging from an egg that small.
Previously on Pied Type: