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Re: Aryana Hummingbird, Laguna Niguel, California
« Reply #165 on: February 12, 2024, 03:22:36 PM »

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Re: Aryana Hummingbird, Laguna Niguel, California
« Reply #166 on: February 14, 2024, 10:47:45 AM »

Aryana Hummingbird: Nestlings at 15 & 16 days old

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCUgG9FescA


Feb 13, 2024
Today, Aryana's chicks (Faith and Eros) are 16 & 15 days old. They're doing all the things you'd expect of a hummingbird baby at this point in their development:  eating, pooping, napping, peeping, and wingersizing, etc.  Oh, and did you notice? They've preened the sheaths from quite a few pinfeathers, revealing for us their characteristic green and orange coloring.

NEST DATA:
Aryana is a non-migrating Allen's Hummingbird who lives in the coastal area of Southern California. She's raising her first clutch of the 2024 mating season in a Gartenmeister Fuchsia.

Nest building efforts first spotted on December 25, 2023
Egg laying: Jan 12, 2023 at 6:49 a.m. and Jan 14 at 6:58 a.m.
Incubation period started on January 14th, at 6:58 a.m.
Faith's hatch occurred on January 29th--Day 16 of the incubation period. Eros hatched the next day (January 30th).
*FLEDGE WATCH: 20-28 days is the estimated timeframe from hatch to fledge.
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Re: Aryana Hummingbird, Laguna Niguel, California
« Reply #167 on: February 15, 2024, 06:38:42 PM »

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Re: Aryana Hummingbird, Laguna Niguel, California
« Reply #168 on: February 23, 2024, 10:18:03 AM »


Aryana Hummingbird: Eros Takes His First, Brave Steps & Jousts with Faith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP4PwF9w


Eros behind leaf

Feb 20, 2024
At 22 and 23 days post-hatch, Eros and Faith are preparing for a life beyond the confines of the nest. Eros is the first to venture forth...at least a little bit. You can watch that earlier scene, in a shorter clip. Here, he takes his first, brave steps onto an adjacent branch; forages for insects among its leaves; cozies up to Aryana for nectar slurry; and engages Faith in a friendly jousting match afterward. Fun times!

But does this count as a fledge? Not quite. In a true fledge, our Fledge Watch Contest rules say, "a nestling uses both wings to achieve liftoff, and both feet leave the nest--no one-footed hops or touch-backs on any part of the nest rim or a nearby branch." So Fledge Watch continues!
 
For newcomers to this nest, and those who want a quick refresher course:

Q: Who is Aryana Hummingbird?
A: Aryana Hummingbird is an Allen's hummingbird who's raising her first clutch of the 2024 nesting season in a Gartenmeister Fuchsia. Her babies, Eros and Faith, are 21 & 22 days old. Thanks to Explore.org, we're able to watch the entire nesting process, from egg to fledge.
 
Q: How much do these nestlings weigh right now?
A: It's hard to give an exact answer, but a mature adult Allen's hummingbird weighs between 2 - 4 grams (the average being about 3 grams). Since they're not yet fledglings, it's fair to guess that they'd come in at
the lighter end of that range. So...2 grams, then, if not slightly less. How does that compare to the weight of everyday objects? Well, these items weigh approximately 1 gram apiece, so pick any two: a paper clip, a raisin, a U.S. dollar bill, the cap of a disposable Bic pen, and 1/4 teaspoon sugar.
Short answer: They're feather-light!

NEST DATA:
Aryana is a non-migrating Allen's Hummingbird who lives in the coastal area of Southern California. She's raising her first clutch of the 2024 mating season in a Gartenmeister Fuchsia.

Nest building efforts first spotted on December 25, 2023
Egg laying: Jan 12, 2023 at 6:49 a.m. and Jan 14 at 6:58 a.m.
Incubation period started on January 14th, at 6:58 a.m.
Faith's hatch occurred on January 29th--Day 16 of the incubation period. Eros hatched the next day (January 30th).
*FLEDGE WATCH: 20-28 days is the estimated timeframe from hatch to fledge.
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Re: Aryana Hummingbird, Laguna Niguel, California
« Reply #169 on: February 25, 2024, 01:41:12 AM »

Aryana Hummingbird: Oopsie-Daisy, Eros!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVIiraPTmq0
Feb 21, 2024


Feb 21, 2024
Eros continues the trend he started yesterday by breaking free of the confines of the nest. But he's still getting his proverbial feet under him, as you'll see in this clip. While maneuvering himself from the nest rim onto an adjacent branch, Eros loses his balance but uses his wings (assisted by Faith's beak) to regain solid footing.  Whew, and yay!

Enquiring minds want to know: Does this count as a fledge? Not quite. In a true fledge, our Fledge Watch Contest rules say, "a nestling uses both wings to achieve liftoff, and both feet leave the nest--no one-footed hops or touch-backs on any part of the nest rim or a nearby branch." So Fledge Watch continues!

Aryana Hummingbird: Eros Takes Another Step Toward Fledge & Faith Relaxes in Roomier Quarters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJed6TCpYKI

Feb 21, 2024
Eros is breaking free of the confines of the nest. He is the first to venture forth...at least a little bit. (You can watch that milestone in an earlier clip.) Here, he takes things a step further by maneuvering onto an adjacent branch. Meanwhile, Faith enjoys her roomier quarters. Aryana returns to feed them both, which is an athletic feat of its own.

Enquiring minds want to know: Does this count as a fledge? Not quite. In a true fledge, our Fledge Watch Contest rules say, "a nestling uses both wings to achieve liftoff, and both feet leave the nest--no one-footed hops or touch-backs on any part of the nest rim or a nearby branch." So Fledge Watch continues!
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Re: Aryana Hummingbird, Laguna Niguel, California
« Reply #170 on: February 25, 2024, 01:45:47 AM »

Wings Up for Aryana Hummingbird and a Successful First Clutch of 2024!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79oQDv-ZugE
Feb 21, 2024

Faith and Eros took to the skies at 1:54 p.m. PST this afternoon. They fledged as one, in a rare, simultaneous take-off and landed somewhere between a camellia bush and a patch of honeysuckle.

It seemed today like Aryana was in a huge hurry to build a new nest, while also "encouraging" her babies to take wing.  She cannibalized cotton from the existing nest, tugged bits of fluff from under her babies. Little bits, and then big wads...she ferried these construction supplies in her beak to parts unknown. And when they didn't seem inclined to fledge anytime soon,  she pirouetted around her nestlings like a whirling dervish, flew down and around them while flapping her wings. It's entirely possible that she startled them into fledging, but we can't rule out the fact that, at 23 and 24 days post-hatch, they decided on their own that it was time they experienced the wider world. Together, like the tight-knit family they'd become.

Aryana's visited this nest several times since they took to the skies. You'll see at least two visits in this video. Notice the stringy plant matter on the nest bowl? It was coiled in her belly feathers earlier this morning--more nesting materials, probably, dragged to and fro in her haste. It shook loose somehow, and her babies toyed with it 'til they fledged.. Fast forward several minutes after her babies fledge, and you'll see Aryana poke her beak into the nest interior and drape it like a ribbon across the nest. Who knows, maybe she'll decide to refurbish this nest for her nest brood!

The fate of each hummingbird nest varies, of course, depending on the circumstances in which the mama hummingbird and her babies find themselves. For example, they might be abandoned, repurposed by other females, be left to deteriorate over time, or get reused by Aryana in this or a future breeding season.
 

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Re: Aryana Hummingbird, Laguna Niguel, California
« Reply #171 on: March 01, 2024, 09:14:08 AM »

First Look: Aryana Hummingbird on Her 2nd Nest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcT-gkfHAzU

Feb 29, 2024
Aryana is a non-migrating Allen's hummingbird who lives in the coastal area of Southern California.  This is her second nest of the 2024 mating season. Aryana started pulling cotton fluff for a new nest on February 21st, the same day that her first brood (Faith and Eros) fledged.  We discovered this nest on February 24th, 2024. It's tucked into the sheltered branches of a tree-sized Banana Shrub.

Banana Shrubs are members of the Magnolia tree family. They do not yield fruit. The name is inspired by their creamy-white, burgundy-tipped blossoms, which fill the air with a sweet, unmistakable fragrance--like bananas, some say, or maybe Juicy Fruit. 
 
Thanks to our Partnership with Explore.org, we're able to livestream the entire nesting process, from egg to fledge.

NEST DATA:

Nest-in-progress first spotted on February 24, 2024.
Egg laying:
Incubation period started on
Faith's hatch occurred on January 29th--Day 16 of the incubation period. Eros hatched the next day (January 30th).
*Fledge watch: 20-28 days is the estimated timeframe from hatch to fledge.
Fledge Date: Simultaneous fledge on February 21, 2024

Aryana will likely have at least 2-3 clutches this season.
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Re: Aryana Hummingbird, Laguna Niguel, California
« Reply #172 on: March 01, 2024, 03:24:33 PM »

Thanks, Phyl!  The cotton lining in that nest is amazing; looks so comfy.

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Re: Aryana Hummingbird, Laguna Niguel, California
« Reply #173 on: March 01, 2024, 05:29:01 PM »

Nice to 'see' you Linda.
Thanks for stopping by.  :)
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Re: Aryana Hummingbird, Laguna Niguel, California
« Reply #174 on: March 02, 2024, 07:29:24 PM »

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