14 Feb Signs of Spring | Feb. 2017
Three Signs of Spring
Many indications tell that spring is near:
From groundhogs seeing their shadow, to sunsets happening at later times, to outside temperatures becoming warmer.
And then there’s another indication: Hummingbirds.
The first photo shows an Anna’s Hummingbird with spider web silk on her bill. That tells us she’s building a nest.
The Anna’s Hummingbird builds its nest out of plant down held together with spider web silk. Then she lines the nest with feathers or other soft materials.
Her nest begins just large enough to hold two eggs. Then, thanks to the spider web silk, the nest stretches as the nestlings grow.
The next photo shows a pregnant hummingbird (that is, one with eggs).
Hummingbirds typically lay two eggs each season. So she looks ready in this photo.
Once the eggs hatch, the female works hard to find enough food to feed her nestlings plus herself.
Typically, a hummingbird consumes twice its body weight in nectar each day. Now she must find more.
The above photo shows a female feeding a newly fledged juvenile.
And the remarkable part of this that these birds start anew every spring, regardless of the winter before.
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Help Birds Tip
If you find a nest, please leave it alone.
When frightened, birds provide less food to their nestlings and sometimes they will abandon a nest.
So watch from a far distance. Then we can look forward to having more birds next year.
Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are two organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about how they are making a difference.
Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation