Sunday, April 19, 2009

Photo O' the Day: Nesting Hummers

Finally! A worthy image for our Photo O' the Day Section. Karin's friend Michaela watched this Anna's Hummingbird zip into her nest from a nearby Salmonberry Bush. The nest is tiny; about the size of an egg, and is perched on the length of rope that is visible in the left-hand side of the photo. The nest itself is about 15 feet off the ground and is situated on a spare sailboat mast that my dad has hanging under the eve of the house. For those of you familiar with sailboats, those are the trapeze handles. This picture was taken from approximately 40 feet away using the digital-camera-through-the-scope trick, as evidenced by the black tips around the corners of the photo. Note the moss and lichen carefully tucked into the nest structure.