I had to take a time out from my Texas birding fun to check out the Southern California hummingbird, Phoebe, who has 2 babies that I posted about a month ago. You can view Phoebes nest during daylight hours (California time) at PhoebeAllens.com .
You may get the opportunity to watch Phoebe feeding her babies as is shown in the photo on the left. Isn’t that just too sweet! That photo was taken on December 26 and now the baby hummers are 5 days older and soon will be fledgling. These are Allen’s Hummingbirds, a nonmigratory hummingbird species that nest from fall through winter. This species is declining and listed as a species of concern by the American Bird Conservatory.
Phoebe has been coming to this one yard for several years where she nests. The family who lives there put up a web cam to share the wonderful opportunity to watch live and close up as this hummingbird lays her eggs then raises her babies.
So join me in taking a break from your activities to enjoy this special opportunity. I am going to be participating in a Christmas Bird Count all day on December 31 so won’t be able to watch so I would love to know what you see.
Happy New Year to all.