Nesting Hummingbird

Magic is all around if you take the time to look for it.

This hummingbird hen is diligent, persistent – and cautious. Yet I am patient. It took a long time to get a chance to take this picture. The bird was not interested in posing for pictures and she did not want me anywhere near her tiny nest. Since the nest resides on one of the lower branches of a ficus tree in our backyard, I had the advantage.

The nest had been vacant for a couple of years when I noticed this little bird flying back and forth, bringing little pieces of fluff with her to rehabilitate the dwelling for the next generation. A remarkable amount of work goes into the process. These birds are quite common in North County San Diego and all over southern California, but this is the first time I have been able to watch a working nest in operation.

With a little luck, soon I will get the chance to photograph tiny hummingbird chicks!

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