"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hummingbird nesting season starts early in Southern California

Find nesting material at local nature stores.

It may seem like the wrong time of year, but hummingbirds have begun nesting in Southern California. Here hummingbird nesting season runs late October through early June.

Female hummingbirds build the nest, sit on the eggs and care for the chicks without assistance from the male. And this hard-working mother has four or five clutches a season.  She typically lays two eggs per clutch, though not all eggs are viable and many chicks do not survive.  The eggs hatch within 16-18 days.  The babies fledge approximately 21-28 days from the date of hatching.

Please comment if you've already seen a nest this season.
Happy Birding!


  1. Hi Jennifer. I am a volunteer for an HOA and we are having to trim trees in the common areas and also asking homeowners to do the same in their private yards. My question is on timing. When is the best time to ask homeowners to do this that is the least likely time to infringe on hummingbirds nests?

    1. Yesterday, I was picking avocados off of my 50-year-old avocado tree and trimming back the dead, over-grown branches as I was going along.....and I ACCIDENTALLY CUT DOWN A HUMMINGBIRD NEST!! I felt terrible when I realized what it was later that night.