Black-chinned Hummingbird Nestcam

Please check back in late March/early April 2013. If there is renewed activity, this cam will be live.

First clutch
04/20/11 First egg
04/22/11 Second egg
Second clutch in dif nest 4′ away – no dates recorded
7/15/11 Ed just told me the BCHU buzzed out of the old (1st) nest and when we mirrored it saw she had two eggs! So looks like Round 3 has begun… Will move the cam to it hopefully by end of the day. Interesting to note is that I recall the 2nd chick from the 2nd brood fledged just last Saturday. So assuming same female, she’s not wasting any time! Pls spread the word. TX Pete
7/21/11 Some BCHU ID tips from Ed:
- A small (~3 grams) greenish-backed hummingbird lacking any rufous in the tail ruling out both Allen’s and Rufous Hummingbirds.
- Both sexes show a little white spot directly behind the eye. The whitish feathers don’t extend over the eye as it does in both Anna’s and Costa’s Hummingbirds.
- Females have dusky feathers on their throats, but older females may on occasion have a few black or purple feathers. Their throats have more dusky feathers than a female Costa’s Hummingbird, which has the whitest throat of all the regular hummingbirds in California. In contrast, all but juvenile Anna’s Hummingbirds have some reddish feathers on the center of their throats. Also, Anna’s are noticeably larger ~(4.2 grams) in a side-by-side view (e.g. hummingbird feeder).
- Males have black chins and purplish throats. Young males don’t begin getting black & purple feathering until August and resemble adult males by March.

Best estimate when the 1st egg was laid for “Round 3″ is 7/12/11. If I recall correctly incubation is ~18 days and then ~21 days from hatch to fledging.

3,573 thoughts on “Black-chinned Hummingbird Nestcam

  1. I see the hummer camera is off and after several days of not seeing our little hummer we believe that it has indeed caught big bird to wherever it goes for the winter. So, we will miss our hummer and the hummers who have been so beautiful at this site. See you next spring dear ones. Be safe.

  2. Great sign Kathy G. We are definitely cooling down here in Colorado and I’m expecting our hummers to catch Big Bird any day and leave. Maybe one of them will come by and rest the space!!!

    • Hi Alice! I know you meant ‘rent’ the space… yes, let’s keep our fingers crossed for new tenants real soon! It’s cooled down where I’m at, too, altho’ no rain. Glad you enjoyed the pic – I was commissioned by emma (lol), but was certainly fun to do!

    • Uhhhh, KathyG, about the ‘commissioned work of art,’ you got the agreed upon payment, right???? lol
      I still love coming here to check on the nest and the ‘work of art!’ We can dream, right?

    • emma, I never had you sign the contract for the work you commissioned me to do! lol (and btw: where’s my payment?? lol) I guess it will end up being a ‘donation of my time’! lol. Yes, we CAN dream… hopefully, as soon as the weather cools a bit we’ll have new tenants… but do hummers know how to read?? lol

  3. Thanks Kathy for the pic. If I knew I could fit I may move to CA and rent the nest. Need a change right about now. You are so nice to do this for us. Fingers crossed for new tenants soon. Peace

    • Your welcome Rita! I’d love to rent the nest, also, if I could fit, but it would definitely need A/C for me to move in! lol

    • Your welcome Pam! I’m glad you and Birdergirl enjoyed it! I enjoy what I do for a living! And yes, our wait continues! Hopefully Starr Ranch’s hummers are well-educated, and know how to read!! lol

    • OH SUPERB…what a wonderful vacancy sign. Hope all the ‘smittens’ check in to enjoy your wonderful artistry. Thank you so much! You are as always so kind to oblige…sincere thanks! Am off to an appt. Will check in later. I’m leaving with smiles galore at your creativity!!!!! :)

  4. TO KATHY G… Help wanted from techie type who can add the “Vacancy” sign to a pic of the empty nest and we’ll have fulfilled Pam So Ca’s wish…whadda ya think??? lol
    See Pam’s post at 9:21 am today, pls. :)

    • emma, sounds good! I will add a “Vacancy” sign to an empty nest capture. Give me about 15 min’s or so… I have a biz-related task to do for a client to do right now.

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