Spring is here, the weather is warmer and this is the time of the year when many animals reproduce, so taking this into account the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted a special message on Facebook to raise awareness about hummingbird nests.
They are encouraging people to help protect hummingbird nests which are small and very fragile. As you will see in the mesmerizing photographs taken by Kelly Campbell, the nests are delicate and very easily destroyed, they typically weigh less than one-tenth of an ounce, so it is very easy to miss them.
The USFWS urged people to be very careful with the following message:
“Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs this spring.”
Luckily the post was shared, liked and commented by thousands of people!
Hummingbirds love gardens because they make for comfortable habitatswith vibrant colors and bird feeders, if you have a garden you may have seen these beautiful birds some time! They are among the smallest of birds and are easily recognized because of their long beak and the humming sound created by their beating wings. It is amazing how fast their wings flap, varying from around 12 beats per second in the largest species, to in excess of 80 in some of the smallest.
Hummingbirds live all over America (South, Central and North). These beautiful creatures can be found as far south as Chile and as far north as Alaska during the summer. They make their homes wherever the conditions are right, not just wherever they want.
To construct their nests they use moss, leaves and even spider silk and lichen to bind the nest material together and secure the structure. They like to nest over down-sloping branches with running water nearby. They make sure to camouflage their nests in order to protect their eggs from predators.
Now that you are more informed about where hummingbirds love to nest, be very careful when moving branches, pruning or weed whacking. It is our responsibility to preserve the environment and all its beautiful species.