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Hummingbirds fill their nests with fairy tale fillings

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 6:52 am in hummingbirds.

Hummingbird nest by Ben Phipps, Benicia, California
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Hi Gary,  enjoy your column very much.
I’ve been feeding my “Hummers” in the backyard for most of the 25 years that I’ve lived here in Benicia.  Always thought that they must have had many nests over the years but never had a clue where to look until just last week.

I saw a Hummingbird fly into and disappear in our Jacaranda tree.  After much looking, I found the Hummingbird sitting on, and protecting as I found out, a beautiful, tiny nest.

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I have enjoyed these little friends for so long so it is special to now share this nesting experience.  Seems a bit early to be nesting?

Keep making us happy with your Pets and Wildlife column.
Ben Phipps, Benicia, CA

Hi Ben:
Hummingbirds live with the elves and they stuff their nests with fairy tale fillings. Is it any wonder we like them so much?

Hummingbirds are one of the earliest nesting birds in our area. I’ve even seen them nesting in late December and early January. Tough little dudes! /Gary

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