In a Busy Public Garden …
There is a hidden nest on this frond.
The frond leans over a bench in a garden. You could sit right below this hummingbird nest and not know it was there.
We would not have seen this hidden nest on our own. I was told about it. There had been two chicks. They had left the nest.
Since we were too late to see the chicks, we looked at the nest for clues. All of the droppings on the leaf are a good sign. The hummingbird babies would have to have grown big to make that much waste. The nest is also flattened out, which happens as the babies get big.
Hummingbird chicks that have recently left the nest call out to their mother to be fed (a high-pitched “peep!). We did see an immature hummingbird nearby but did not hear any peeping or see any begging.
We concluded that this was likely an Allen’s Hummingbird nest. We based that conclusion on the many Allen’s Hummingbirds in this coastal Southern California garden. And the nest seemed a little smaller than the Anna’s Hummingbird nests we are used to seeing.
The garden was busy – with visitors and with many Allen’s Hummingbirds. The hummingbirds were chasing each other during the middle of the day.
If you followed their buzzy, chattering calls, you could find them, high in the trees.