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Anna's Hummingbird Webcam - Victoria, B.C.
« on: March 08, 2011, 02:19:32 PM »
Two new webcams have just gone live featuring Anna's hummingbirds.

These webcams come to us from a garden in Victoria, B.C. All screencaptures and video are copyright Eric Pittman - with thanks!

Ustream webcams with chat stream here:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hummingbirds-up-close

 
Sweetiebird has new chicks.



 
Click the link for video  > http://img23.imageshack.us/i/3pd.mp4/





Tweet is incubating eggs.

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Click the link for video of March 7_11 >
http://img821.imageshack.us/i/if4.mp4/



Anna's are year-round residents on Vancouver Island and nest in late winter here, usually from mid-December to spring.

The male Anna's Hummingbird sings during courtship, unlike most hummingbirds, with a constant high-pitched cheep while he flashes his red crown and throat. He is the only North American hummingbird with a red crown.

The nest is constructed of small twigs and moss, held tightly together with spider silk and lined with soft seed down. The exterior is camoflaged with lichen which may also be designed to shed rain and keep the nest dry.
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird Webcams - Victoria, B.C.
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 04:50:11 PM »
Apparently something has happened to Sweetiebird. Her babies have been taken to a rescue facility and are doing fine.



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Re: Anna's Hummingbird Webcam - Victoria, B.C.
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2011, 06:59:37 PM »
Tweet has just one egg. She is a first-time Mom.

I have been unable to see her sitting on the nest today so am wondering if something is wrong. At 10:45am, a female came (Tweet?) and took some nest material. Does this mean Tweet is building another nest, or has something happened to her and another female is taking stuff for her nest?

Taking nest material
VIDEO: http://img705.imageshack.us/i/357.mp4/



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Re: Anna's Hummingbird Webcam - Victoria, B.C.
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2011, 07:05:54 PM »
This is an award-winning video by Eric Pittman. It is a beautiful video of the hummingbirds with a wonderful message that "Every little bit of the forest is home to someone."

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcwhT63NUBo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcwhT63NUBo</a>

His narration of the video is the same message that we have on Our Nature Zone and that the Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society sends out to the world: nature belongs to wildlife and the biggest danger to their habitat is human encroachment.
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird Webcam - Victoria, B.C.
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2011, 10:38:20 PM »
Thank you for the reminder, Blue.  Every square inch is important for many small birds and animals!   :eclove
Commit random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature; he finds it attached to the rest of the world". ~John Muir

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Re: Anna's Hummingbird Webcam - Victoria, B.C.
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2011, 05:08:13 PM »
The Hummingbirds-Up-Close channel is offline right now. I am not sure what is happening.
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