Hummingbird Nests are as Small as a Thimble, Be Careful Not to Prune Them, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Urges

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Hummingbirds are small birds, which belong to the avian family Trochilidae, and their closest relatives are the equally fascinating swifts. Hummingbirds weigh 2 to 20 grams have long, narrow bills and small, saber-like wings.

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hummingbird eggs, which are smaller than jellybeans, are “critically endangered” now. The experts concluded that thirty-four hummingbird species are listed as “critically endangered,” which means they have a 50/50 chance of death within the next ten years.

Some gardeners recently suggested, in a Facebook post, a way how to spot and protect them: “Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs.” So, people need to keep their eyes out for the hummingbird eir tiny nests while trimming is critical to their survival.

According to The Hummingbird Project, the nests usually are built on a branch with a downward-slant, and often will be on a branch on open space and hanging over running water. The hummingbirds construct them out of spider webs and on lichen and plant matter. It means that the nests are built on a clean place of the branch, which makes the hummingbird extremely delicate. The lichen helps in the job of camouflaging their nests.

Here are some tips of the NestWatch.org on how people can help create habitat for hummingbirds:

–           In favor of native shrubs and trees, reduce the amount of space covered by mowed lawn

–           Plant multiple layers of structure (medium shrubs, tall trees, and short grasses/ wildflowers)

–           To replace traditional turf install a native lawn

–           Use fewer pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

–           To attract nesting birds in your area, incorporate appropriate plants

–           Provide a source of fresh clean water constantly

Some good hummingbird plants include:

•          Bee balm

•          Trumpet creeper

•          Cardinal flower

•          Columbine

•          Coral honeysuckle

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