Here's the lamp, sans nest.
Here's the mother, scoping out the area. Quite amazing for a hummingbird to remain so still, but house hunting is serious business!
The hummingbird nest is an amazing architectural creation, a dense cup that seems to spring up literally overnight. It’s made from moss and lichen, from feathers and small bits of bark and leaves, from plant down or fuzz, and most crucially, from spider silk, which is used both to bind the nest together and provide the necessary elasticity for the nest to expand as the babies grow (think of a pregnant woman’s stretch pants).
Only one to two eggs are laid. There isn't space for any more, no matter how elastic the nest!
Here's the mother hummingbird, patiently at work.
The entire development process is quick, a mere five weeks or so from start to finish. One day I went looking for the babies again, and found only this one bird sitting on the rim of the nest. Just seconds after I snapped the picture, the second fledgling fledged!
So, Mother Hummingbird, same time next year?