Back in the spring of 2013 I was an avid online hummingbird watcher. A man in Southern California had a live streaming webcam focused on a hummingbird nest, and hundreds of us tuned in regularly to watch Phoebe the hummingbird and her babies. Some of you may have been around back then and might remember the adventures and misadventures.
A few hours ago I was browsing some old posts and came across this particular video. Phoebe is on her nest with Fleur, her tiny chick. An orphaned chick named Pip is brought in and added to the nest. It’s striking to see a human hand next to the nest, highlighting just how tiny the nest and birds really are. It’s a comparison you rarely get from photos or actual observation.
The original post is “Hungry for Spring,” but in it the video looks like it’s no longer available (as seen below). However, clicking it or the screenshot at the top of this page will show you the video on YouTube. Note there is sound. If you keep watching you’ll see that Phoebe returns and immediately starts feeding the hungry orphan.