In my previous blog post I wrote about the 'discovery' of the Fork - tailed Wood-nymph's nest. I am still so excited about it. Knowing that I'm about to witness a miracle: "The birth of possibly two hummingbirds."
On the third day of observing her nest, June 17, she already got used to having the feeder nearby. When she flew out of her nest, she first took a sip or two from the feeder and then she left the area. I've noticed that she always returned back with more nest material. It is quite a funny show to watch too. When she arrived with nest material in her small beak, it looked like she's wearing a mustache. The material was then shoved inside the nest and by wiggling her whole small body, they were being put into place. I think that she was using her tiny legs to spread the material underneath her and the eggs.
On the fourth day, June 18, I didn't see a lot of action going on. She was doing her thing: incubating and gathering more nest material. This was why I got distracted by other birds:
- a large group of Lined Seed - eaters was passing by
- a whole bunch of Crested Oropendolas started to eat the mango fruits
- same goes for the Silver - beaked, Blue - Grey and Palm tanagers
- and last but not least .... the Grey - lined Hawk, immature, passed by too
Finally .... there was some action on the fifth and sixth day of observing the nest: June 19 and June 20. I changed the old sugar water with some fresh one and I was immediately surrounded by other hummingbirds (..... okay, I am exaggerating a little bit. They came by every 5 minutes to drink from the feeder)
Who passed by?
- male Fork - tailed Woodnymph, possibly the future father
- 2 Grey - breasted Sabrewings who were constantly fighting over the feeder
- 1 Long - tailed Hermit
The female Fork - tailed Woodnymph didn't seem to mind all the commotion near her nest.
To be continued ............