Silver Lake baby hummingbirds take wing and leave empty nest behind

Beak-to-beak baby hummingbirds emerge from their nest | Photo by Sandy Driscoll

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.

Take Off! One of baby hummers takes flight from the nest | Sandy Driscoll

The baby hummer landed on a branch 15 feet from its nest | Sandy Driscoll

The empty nest is barely wider than a quarter | Sandy Driscoll

Here are some earlier photos of the birds, their nest and mom:

Silver Lake baby hummingbirds

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

The Eastsider’s Daily email digest includes all new content published on The Eastsider during the last 24 hours. Expect the digest to land in your in email in box around 7 p.m. It’s free to sign up!

Once you submit your information, please check your email box to confirm your subscription.


  1. thanks for sharing , really interesting and fun !

  2. Thanks, Sandy, I Hope you’ll post these pictures, as you have the others, on Nextdoor. I’ve really loved sharing this story.

  3. @ Androg – Thanks! I just posted the link on Nextdoor.

  4. Great journey! Thanks for letting us share it, Sandy.

  5. Editor, Could you possibly ask Sandy Driscoll for the final pictures she posted on NextDoor, of the Mamma showing baby how to drink from hanging Feeder? Thanks

Post a Comment

Please keep your comments civil and on topic and refrain from personal attacks. The moderator reserves the right to edit or delete any comments. The Eastsider's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply to comments submitted by readers. Required fields are marked *