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Hungry for spring

Fleur and Pip

Fleur and Pip wait for mom to return with their next meal (screenshot)

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.

Phoebe feeds on the fly

Fly-by feeding (screenshot)

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.


  1. Cute! Saw some fuzzy very young baby ducks yesterday. Today the Purple Martin house down the block is a flutter with multiple families hauling in materials for redecorating their places.
    Thanks for the heads up on the bird family
    (snow coming? At least it’s moisture)

    • Birds here trying to build nest on my front porch light. Too slippery. But they try every year anyway, pooping all the while.

      Snow due in this evening. Predicted amounts are varying wildly. Fingers crossed.

    • Amazing, isn’t it? I’ve seen pictures with rulers, etc. But nothing made it as obvious as the hand. I’ve seen hummingbirds flying around and it still took this for me to appreciate how small their nests are.

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