Yes, the smallest bird’s nest right by the tree near the window!
I’m sharing this small, my discovery though very very late. A tree more than a meter away from our picture window on the second floor became host to a nesting couple of tiny birds. The Humingbirds. The smallest bird in the world.
I used to see the pairs hopping quick and fast navigating the branches of the pliant tree which is about eight years old.
When it is windy, the branches facing the frames sway and brushes the door frame.
On one of the small branches the birds built their nest. Hidden from ground view and no way for us to touch or grab the nest, it was a perfect place for their purpose.
“HUMMINGBIRDS are the smallest of birds, most species measuring 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) in length. The smallest extant bird species is the 5 cm (2.0 in) bee hummingbird, which weighs less than 2.0 g (0.07 oz)”
WHile I noticed the tiny brid’s presence in the area, I never suspected the tree would be an ideal place to locate a nest.
Well, it must be a perfect safe location for the couple. But I never suspected their activity. I lost the slim opportunity of taking a lasting video.
And this time, I have not seen their presence at all.
With their absence, the tiny nest is just partly hidden by leaves, as some have already withered.
That could be the reason I did not notice it before since the branch have plenty of leaves covering the nest.
With only a few leaves, in due time, it too will fall. But the nest is still firmly attached to the small twig even as the wind playfully jolt the branches from time to time.
And since the birds are now gone, I got excited to find out what was left behind inside.
I attached a Go Pro camera to a selfie stick but the length is not enough I have to extend my arm outside the window beside the french window to extend the reach of my arm.
The wind still playfully sway the branches and the footage I am sharing here is the best I can get.
There is nothing inside the tiny nest. I noticed a brown leaf inside which may have fallen from over the top.
By the looks of it, the nest is still firmly attached to the twig it looks pretty sturdy and still okay.
Will the same birds use it for the second time? I have no idea, but if they do, or another set of birds use it, I will be very obsevant, next time.
For now, I will note how long the nest can stay attached to the branch without human intervention until the leaves fall off and the twigs turn brown. I know it will take sometime to happen.
As an added note here, I made a stakeout the other day, and set the videocam focused on the nest continuously filming for ten hours. And there was no sign of a Hummingbird still.
As if I am being teased, I saw one at the backyard as the tiny, tiny bird quickly landed on one small twig but quickly flew off.
Even if I have a camera on hand, I doubt I can get a footage at how the tiny bird flew quicker than I may be able to turn on the camera.
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