Friday, May 4, 2018

Experts Beg Gardeners To Look For Hummingbird Eggs Before They Prune



Mother Earth is beautiful and abundant. When spring rolls around, animals go into a reproductive frenzy. With warmer weather upon us, it is crucial for you to learn what to do if you stumble upon eggs in a hummingbird nesting area.
 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a warning on Facebook to help protect fragile hummingbird nests. Luckily, people care enough about preserving the environment and this beautiful species, since it was shared over a quarter of a million times.

 

The post features photographs taken by Kelly Campbell, which shows an incredibly tiny hummingbird nest resting precariously between the branches of an evergreen. Hummingbird nests typically weigh less than one-tenth of an ounce.

The USFWS urged people to be cautious with their accompanying message:

“Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs this spring.”
 


Their warning is important for all of us since hummingbirds live all throughout America. Whether you're a homeowner or a city-dweller, you always have an opportunity to stumble upon a nesting ground when you're outside.

Hummingbirds can live all the way down in Chile and also make their way up to Alaska! These tough, little birds nest wherever they can. They're especially fond of building their homes in gardens.
 

If you have your own garden, it's likely that you maintain it to admire the beautiful flora and fauna. Hummingbirds will be drawn to any garden with vibrant plants, bird feeders, and birdbaths. Gardens are a dream home for hummingbirds, so don't be surprised if one settles in and starts a family!
 

Female hummingbirds use moss, leaves, and even spider webs to construct their tiny nests. They prefer to nest over down-sloping branches with running water nearby, but they make do with whatever they can. They make sure to camouflage their nests with lichen to protect their eggs from predators, but this makes them more susceptible to unknowing gardeners who are just trying to maintain their land.
 

Now that you know where hummingbirds love to nest, be extra cautious next time you visit your garden. If you're pruning or weed whacking, take a little extra time to inspect for any tiny nests that may be hidden in your garden.

Of course, if you do happen to find a nest, never disturb it. Leave whatever stray branches or weeds that are surrounding it. Trust us, it'll be worth it once you see the dozens of beautiful hummingbirds zipping around your garden after they hatch.