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  1. #16
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    That is awesome. My kids love it!

  2. #17
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    I think they're Rufous Hummingbirds. Mama seems to have that coloration when she lands where you can see color on her other than green.
    Beth

  3. #18
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    she's actually a non-migrating Channel Islands Allen's Hummingbird, hence the name "Phoebe Allens"

  4. #19
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    Video of Phoebe feeding her babies

    Phoebe's Facebook page has great video of Phoebe feeding her babies.

    They are growing very fast.

  5. #20
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    OMG, I tuned in as she was feeding them! So far, I saw one hatch, and now the feeding. Cool! They are getting bigger, but I guess that's relative.

  6. #21
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    The kids are huge! They barely fit in the nest.

    The estimated fledge date is 2/8 - 2/18. I will be surprised if they stay in the nest another two weeks.

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    They are alot bigger on my screen than they are in real life.

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    Wow! I have not looked in about a week. They sure have gotten big! Every once in a while you see one of their long tongues dart out or they practice furiously beating their wings.

  9. #24
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    they are just two little pooping machines!!

  10. #25
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    The "fledge watch" officially begins today. The kids are preening like crazy. Getting ready for the big event, I suppose.
    Last edited by PamNY; 02-08-2011 at 11:31 AM.

  11. #26
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    they're big!

    I haven't check in on the little buggers for a week, and MY! how they've grown! They're huge, if one considers a hummingbird huge.
    Beth

  12. #27
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    we (my co-worker and I) saw one of them buzzing his/her wings like crazy a couple of days ago.

    After they fledge, do they come back to the nest, or is that it??

  13. #28
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    Badger, I wondered that, too. Someone in the chat said the hummingbirds stay on a nearby branch and mom feeds them for a while.

    They certainly do look ready to go! Right now they are speculating in chat that it's too late in the day for a fledge.

    Everyone said the same thing about one of our hawks this spring, but he didn't listen and fledged right before sunset.

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    They are gone! I tuned in this morning and they were both there. I had to take a call and when I came back a few minutes later, there was only one. Oh!

    And then someone came into my office and I had to talk with them for a few minutes. When I turned around, the nest was empty! I just missed both fledges.

    I will take a look at the video later. I didn't expect this to be so emotional!

  15. #30
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    yes, they fledged!! my friend forwarded me a link to a video of the fledging.

    http://s4.zetaboards.com/Birds_of_a_...8411213/1/#new

    scroll down to where you see the video embed. they only fledged minutes apart, and you can see when the first one goes, the second one is keenly watching where s/he went.

    Apparently they've both been safely spotted in a nearby yucca tree.

    the nest is empty, but a good empty not like the Hornby Island one
    Last edited by badger; 02-14-2011 at 08:49 AM.

 

 

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