Our documentary shows a mother Allen's Hummingbird "Emerald" who hatched two tiny baby birds we named "Ruby" and "Sapphire" and fed them until they left the hummingbird nest after 27 days. The hummingbird babies being fed well so they grew fast. The baby hummingbirds outgrew their nest rapidly and this video will show you their growth from the time they hatched until they fledged the nest.
🧾 Frequently Asked Questions
❓What species of hummingbird is this? This is an Allen's Hummingbird which normally breeds on the West coast of the United States and Mexico, although the bird has been spotted in other areas of the southern United States.
❓When was the first and the second hatch? The first egg hatched at 1:29pm on February 7. The second egg hatched at 10:40am on February on February 8.
❓When do baby hummingbirds open their eyes? It usually takes more than a week for a baby’s eyes to open. On average, a newborn’s eyes are open 9 days after he has hatched.
❓What day was the first hummingbird egg laid? The first egg was laid on January 19 and the second on January 21.
❓How long will it take the baby hummingbirds to leave the nest? The juvenile hummingbirds will fledge between 18 to 28 days after they hatched.
❓What is the nest made from? The nest is made from grasses and small twigs filled in with soft and fluffy fiber that the mother hummingbird finds on fuzzy plants like seed pods, dandelion down, cottonwood and the like. The nest is held together with spider silk and is soft and spongy to accommodate the rapidly increasing size of the baby birds. To camouflage the nest she put paint chips on the outside to try to blend in with the house.
❓How can I help with the hummingbird nest building? You can supply soft material for the mother hummingbird to use in her nest.
❓Will the nest be used again? This same location has been used for a few years. Hummingbirds often have two or three clutches per year, so when these babies fly away we might not be finished for the season!