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Silver Lake hummingbirds have left the nest but mom hangs around to help

Baby hummers on their last day in the nest

Silver Lake — Thanks to Sandy Driscoll, we’ve been following the start of a hummingbird family on her patio this spring. She took photos as the mother hummingbird built an inch-wide nest large enough for two hummers  that grew up quickly to fill their home and finally left the nest. Now, in her final update, Sandy shares photos of the mother and one of her kids going out for a drink.

“I was lucky enough to spot the Mama Hummer tutor her baby on how to use the feeder, and thus not rely on her for food anymore,” said Sandy.

A week after leaving the nest later, one of the baby hummers is escorted to the bird feeder by the mother on Mother’s Day.

The baby bird (on the left) watches her, and opens his beak, just as he did in the nest when she was about to feed him. She shows him how to drink from the feeder. He watches, tries it, and they both are happy!

Sandy said the bird she photographed are either Allen or Anna hummingbirds or could be a combo of both.

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5 comments

  1. Loved Sandy Driscoll’s hummingbird pictures and her story. We have benefitted from the coincidental meeting of Sandy (plus her photographic talents) and this hummer family. Thanks to the Eastsider for covering, and thanks Sandy.

  2. My thanks, also, to both Sandy and Eastsider.

  3. Loved all the photos and update so much! Thanks 💖

  4. What a fitting story for Mother’s Day! Loved following this avian family – and yes, they look like an Allen’s x Anna’s Hummingbird hybrid, now common in our area. Thanks to Sandy for beautiful photos and to the Eastsider for carrying this story!

  5. Karen Saunders

    Fantastic story and photos. I feel lucky to have seen the story develop and have Sandy share it with us.

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