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Hummingbird builds nest at Pittsburg Power Plant

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 at 5:47 am in hummingbirds.

Hummingbird nest at Mirant’s Pittsburg Generating Plant. Photo by Jon Ridler, Pittsburg, CA.
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PG&E may have falcons, but Mirant’s Pittsburg Generating Plant has hummingbirds! These two babies are being raised in a nest on a bearing cooling water return line for a 6 unit condensate booster pump. The water line is warmer (but not too warm) so it’s an ideal nesting location. Mirant employees have marked off the area and are keeping an eye on their young visitors which are approximately 10 days old. These photos were taken March 21 by Jon Ridler, 24-year employee at the plant and member of Worth A Dam.
Heidi Perryman, Worth A Dam, Martinez, CA

Hummingbird nest on bearing cooling water return line. Photo by Jon Ridler, Pittsburg, CA
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Hi Heidi:
Thanks for sharing these GREAT photos. Hummingbirds don’t mess around. If you need to keep your babies warm, why mess around building your nest in a Pittsburg backyard? Build it at a Pittsburg Power Plant instead! Hummers — you gotta love ’em! /Gary

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One Response to “Hummingbird builds nest at Pittsburg Power Plant”

  1. Matthew Says:

    Nice pictures! They should hang a feeder near the nest, like one of those Top Fill feeders by Perky-Pet. This way the hummingbirds will come back next year.

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