Out of the nest, still being fed
Here’s a close look at a mother Anna’s Hummingbird feeding her fledgling hummingbird. All week long, we heard “peep, peep” from one, sometimes two, young Anna’s Hummingbirds in the Texas Ebony trees outside our front door. These baby hummingbirds left (“fledged”) their nearby nest at the end of March/early April 2014.
Mother and Fledgling Hummingbird
One of the fledglings in particular stayed in the trees and waited to be fed. It would flit around in the branches a little. It also did a lot of perching and waiting. And calling.
Every so often, we could hear the “chip! chip!” of the mother Anna’s Hummingbird as she announced her approach to her young hummingbirds. She would often vocalize briefly, then perch beside one of her fledglings, look around, then feed it. She was in and out.
The hummingbirds are about the size of the curved, dark brown seed pods that are scattered throughout the Texas Ebony tree branches. It was difficult to see the perched birds in the shady canopy and against the bright sky. It was easier to hear them or wait for them to fly about in the branches.
The mother was frequently at the feeder or hummingbird flowers before and after she flew into the branches to feed her young.
Go here to see this hummingbird family while the babies were still in the nest.