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Video: A young hummingbird from hatchling to fledgling

A Broad-tailed Hummingbird feeds a chick. Photo by Richard Seeley

Several years ago, a friend showed me the location of a hummingbird nest on a tree branch near a popular trail in Dillon, Colorado, about 10 miles from my home. On a number of occasions over the years I would look for the nest to see if there was any activity. The nest was about six feet off the ground, making it very difficult to see into the interior and even more difficult to photograph. I never did see any activity, and the last time that I looked, I was not even able to locate the nest. I assumed that it was abandoned and fell out of the tree.

This past summer, I searched up and down the trail in frustration trying to locate the nest. In early August, a Broad-tailed Hummingbird was flitting about and started buzzing me. I watched carefully as the hummer hovered and slowly descended to a branch right in front of me and landed on this stub. To my surprise, it was not a stub but a nest. This nest was only five feet off the ground and with a clear line of sight from the trail. The hummer was sitting on the nest. There had to be either eggs or babies in the nest. Finally, my lucky day.

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Richard Seeley

Richard Seeley

Richard Seeley is a wildlife photographer who lives in Silverthorne, Colorado.  He loves to travel in search of wildlife and scenic photographic opportunities.

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