Silver Lake — Sandy Driscoll is now officially an empty nester.
It was about a month ago that Sandy noticed and began photographing a hummingbird building a nest attached to a hanging plant hook in her patio. She then carefully kept taking photos as the 1-inch wide nest — made from scavenged plant material, cobwebs, paint chips and other items — became home to a pair of baby hummers. This weekend, those baby birds took flight and left their nest behind. Sandy was lucky enough to snap a photo as one bird took off from the nest.
Said Sandy on Sunday:
“Well, the twins have flown the nest! I got a couple of photos of them together yesterday when they literally could not fit in the nest together. Then this morning, only one was left. Took a quick photo of him/her, then four minutes later as it flew out of the nest and onto a plant branch about 15 feet away. Shortly thereafter, it made another short flight and it was then that I saw the other twin, so I’m glad to report they are both healthy and doing very well!”
Sandy, referring to hummingbird information she had come across, said the mother will continue to feed the young birds for another 3 or four days and show them where to find the best nectar plants.
Here are some earlier photos of the birds, their nest and mom:
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