Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Ann spotted this female ruby-throated hummingbird’s nest in the apple tree this spring.  What a beautiful sight!  The nest looks like it has been made mostly with lichens.  Great camouflage!  The nest is really hard to see unless you can observe where the hummingbird flies into it to sit on her eggs.

Hummingbird Nest, June 2014, (Photo by Ann Schletz)

Hummingbird Nest, June 2014, (Photo by Ann Schletz)

I found out that hummingbirds use spiderwebs to build their nests.  Here is some more information from a very cool web-site: http://www.rubythroat.org/

“The spiderweb used by hummingbirds is sticky, of course, so the lichens stick to the web and are also caught beneath overlapping strands of silk. The female collects the silk strands of spiderweb and winds them around plant parts and lichens and then fills the cup with plant down. In spring, female hummingbirds are often seen hovering in the eaves and roof overhangs of houses, where they are probably collecting spiderwebs and, perhaps, also dining on small spiders”.*

*Operation Ruby Throat, July 2014, viewed October 13, 2014. Retrieved from: http://www.rubythroat.org/

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