One morning, this Reddit user discovered they had a new neighbor. As they were cleaning up vines near their front door, they noticed a tiny nest inside of the foliage… the small bundle of twigs was home to a mother hummingbird. It’s rare to see a hummingbird land, let alone build a nest. She didn’t know it at the time, but this momma hummingbird was about to give the Internet a peek into one of the coolest processes in the animal kingdom.
She was nestled in, deep in the vines.
Upon discovering the nest, her neighbors also found two tiny eggs.
They were the size of jellybeans.
Then, they hatched!
Hungry little babies waiting for mom.
The little babies grew quickly.
At 2 weeks old, they were almost too big for the nest.
They were also getting their gorgeous green coloring.
About 2.5 weeks old.
Hummingbird nests are small, but the mothers build them to expand as the babies grow (you can see the spiders silk and moss she used).
That’s the homeowner’s front door in the background. Every time they left, they were literally eye to eye with the baby hummingbirds.
About 3 weeks old.
At this point they began really testing their boundaries.
They were even looking like hummingbirds.
And out of the nest!
The babies finally grew up. This is what they left behind.
Source: Reddit Even though mother hummingbirds basically spend a week building their small, cup-shaped nests, they will only be used for about 5-8 weeks before they are empty again. This person was extremely lucky to come across such a fine specimen just as the mother laid her eggs. What a wonderful part of nature; share this rare scene with others.
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