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