If spring still seems months away in your part of the world (or even if it has arrived), treat yourself to this Southern California garden. Fleur and Pip, young hummingbirds preparing to leave the nest (“fledge”) in the next few days, are on a live streaming webcam. Tune in to watch them and their attentive mom, Phoebe, prepare for the big day. Be sure to turn up the sound on both your computer and the webcam so you can surround yourself with the sounds of spring.
Phoebe is a Channel Island Allen (S.s. sedentarius) hummingbird in Orange County, California. She has been laying 4 to 5 clutches each year for several years and her webcam has been active since 2007. Remember, she is only 3″ long. Her eggs are the size of TicTacs, her nests, the size of golf balls.
This video of Pip, an orphan, being placed in Phoebe’s nest shows you quite clearly just how small this nest is. Keep watching to see how readily Phoebe accepts the new chick.