April and Kevin in Kuna Yala, the northeast coast of Panamá

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hummingbird babies

Recently I had a true "Panamá" moment, my neighbor boys showed me a humming bird nest. I always thought that hummingbirds would make thier nest in private distant places. I never thought that I would see one. But here is the proof that that is not always the case. I think that if you click on the photos you can see them larger.
You can see a foot at the lower right hand corner of the above photo. That food is standing on the main path through our community. It is not a highway by any stretch of the imagination...but it does get regular traffic and this nest was really close to it.

While we were looking at them one startled us and took off and flew about 15 feet and landed on the ground. Elvis retrieved it and put it back into the nest, but I felt lucky to have seen them at all...it was clear that they were about ready to leave the nest.

The boys now have clear directions to show me any nests that they know of. Somedays I feel very lucky to be here in Panamá. Photos copyrighted to April Cropper.


Andy HoboTraveler.com said...

Wow, that was truly a treat to experience a Hummingbird nest. I am in Guatemala, there are tons of Hummingbirds. I am going to go out and nose around in the buehes today and see if I can find one. Maybe this is at a special time of the year. I guess I can ask a few locals.. Hmm, what is the name for Hummingbird in Spanish. Thanks from Andy in HoboTraveler.com in Guatemala Travel Blog and Hotels

April Cropper said...

Well, in reality these photos were taken a little while ago. I had a camera stolen...and with it the cord to upload photos to the net, so I am playing catch up a bit with my photos. The word the locals use near us is visitaflores or flower visitor. Colibrí is the word that I find listed in the dictionary. Our niehgbors are also facinated by the hummingbird feeders and that the hummers come to my house to feed.