Signs of Spring: Hummingbird nest and babies

by Guest Writer

Guest post by Nancy Barry-Jansson

Today I Appreciate…

  • Signs of Spring like the hummingbirds that nest in my yard and grow up before my eyes, triggering the end of Winter.

Last year was the first year that a hummingbird picked my backyard for its nest. This year, it came back and picked a branch closer to my livingroom sliding doors. Now, I relax with a cup of tea while I sit in my livingroom watching nature unfold before me. My kitties are nearby watching, but I imagine for different reasons. =^..^=
In mid-January, the mother chose this tree limb by bouncing on it. I’m guessing she was testing that it was strong enough for the nest and storms, but weak enough that it wouldn’t support squirrels and other predators. The mother spent the first few weeks sitting on the nest and building it bigger. Below is a picture of her January 2010 just after the nest was big enough to sit on.

Hummingbird Mom testing out her newly created nest.

Hummingbird Mom testing out her newly created nest.

The nest gets bigger—almost 3 times this size—just before the babies are ready to hatch. Once hatched, the Mom returns about every 15-20 minutes to feed the two babies. The hatchlings will stay in the nest about 18-21 days until they are big enough to fly off. After that, the nest will disintegrate, and fall to the ground.

Several people have shared with me the symbolic meaning of hummingbirds. I find this fascinating since they showed up in my backyard when I was finally ready to let go of what was no longer fun so I could embrace what lights me up. I also know that I light up every time I watch or think about the hummingbirds…puts me in the Vortex every time!
If you’d like to see more pictures of this year’s nest and babies, visit this page.

What lights you up?

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About the Author:
Nancy Barry-Jansson is an AffirmingSpirit Teacher | Mentor | Coach, as well as an illustrator and the creator of AffirmingSpirit™ Affirmation Cards, sold online through AffirmingSpirit.com. You may contact Ms Barry-Jansson here.

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1 Maryann March 16, 2010 at 10:14 am

i appreciate the wonderful parking spot today. Hurrah!

i appreciate that I started off my morning with meditation and writing. It really set me on a good course for today.

I appreciate the wonderful conversation i had last night about healing oneself, and the techniques everyone had to offer. It inspired me to start my morning off like I did today.

I appreciate, that no matter what, everything is going to be ok!

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2 AffirmingSpirit March 20, 2010 at 12:13 am

I appreciate…having a few guest posts on your site, Ellie! Thank you for going out of town and asking for some submissions! :o)

Seeing you having a fabulous time!

Many blessings,
Nancy

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3 Andrew April 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I never thought about how hummingbirds test branches for nests, but that makes sense. How did you get one to come so close to your house? Did you hang any feeders nearby? I’m currently looking for a hummingbird feeder, so if you have any suggestions please let me know. So far, I’ve found the feeders by Perky-Pet. I like how easy this looks to fill.
This one looks interesting:
http://www.birdfeeders.com/store/hummingbird-feeders/121tf

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4 AffirmingSpirit April 5, 2010 at 2:26 am

Hi, Andrew,

I didn’t realize they *tested* branches until I observed her doing it.

I don’t currently have a hummingbird feeder, and haven’t had one for years because the one I had attracted ants. Also, I recently read you have to change the nectar every 3-5 days to keep it from going bad. That’s just too much bother for me. Feels easier to plant some hummingbird-friendly plants and let *nature* keep it healthy for the birds. There are, apparently, a lot of those plants in the neighborhood so the birds had plenty of food without my effort.

The only thing I did to get the bird closer to my house…was send positive energy of “YES, that branch!!!” to the Mom while she was testing branches. That’s it. She took my *energetic advice*, and even though the babies have flown off, the nest remains. Last year’s nest disintegrated rather quickly, in comparison.

Many blessings,
Nancy

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