The next time you hold a quarter, feel how much it weighs, and then realize that it weighs double what the hummingbird in these pictures weighs. I am pretty sure this is a calliope hummingbird sitting on her nest, females are tough to ID, especially sitting on her nest with the important characters hidden.
If you make an “ok” sign with your thumb and finger, that is how large this nest is. The inside of her nest is like a small thimble. Her nest is made of animal hair and spider webs woven together with moss and ornately decorated with lichen.
She will fly to somewhere in central or southern Mexico this fall and be back here next spring, usually to the same patch of habitat. A thousand miles or more one-way and she weighs about 3 grams, half the size of a quarter, and she’ll make this trip twice per year, for up to ten years or more, however long she may live.
Nature is cool…
If you have any hummingbird pictures, post ‘em up!