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  • Last year I wrote about our hummingbird’s babies fledging. It was very exciting. My husband rescued one baby hummer that got stuck between a potted plant and the house. He said it felt like hundreds of tiny feathers wisping in his hand, light as air.

    Directly above the potted plant where the baby hummer was rescued, a mama hummingbird built her new nest. We’ve watched the nest for about two months. First the nest building, which we were a bit 'iffy' about because it’s right in line with the pulling of refuse bins in and out of the yard. My hubby put two wooden blocks beneath the nest so we’d remember to duck our heads. So far the hummingbird just ignores us and lets us go about our business.

    Nest sat empty for about a month, then one egg showed up. Huge egg for such a little bird. I thought some other type of bird must have laid it. I know hummingbirds lay two eggs and there was only this one huge baby Huey egg. A day or two later the second egg appeared just as big as the first. How do such big eggs come out of such a small bird? The mama bird has since been very diligent about keeping those eggs warm between snacks (when we sneak a peek). She sits on her nest and flutters her wings just the slightest amount.

    This morning, we’re the proud foster grandparents of two little hummers. Hatched yesterday. Today was the first day the mama fed her little hatchlings. Admittedly, they don’t look like much now but in a couple weeks they’ll be sporting new feathers and be going out looking for their own vittles.

    P.S. Tangerines are good this year, but we’ll have a late harvest due to the unforeseen events. Plus I've noticed some fruit looks like they were pierced with a needle of some sort. Only in one tiny spot. I wonder what critter could have done that?

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