Hummingbird Tips

Additional YouTube Postings

“Four Hummingbird Eggs in Nest” and “Allen’s Hummingbird and Her Nestlings” Click on the links below.  The second one is designed for relaxation. Sit back and relax.

  This is a video showing the introduction of an orphan hummingbird into Phoebe Allens ( nest where she had a hatchling similar in age. Her second egg was not viable and this little orphan needed a mama hummingbird to help nurture it. This live cam streams out of Irvine.Thanks to the host of the live cam, Mr. P. and Phoebe Allens for accepting the orphan.The video link from
3/7/13 YouTube video shows an Anna’s hummingbird building her nest. Taking about 10 days from beginning to completion.

RARE 4 Hummingbird eggs in Nest

This is a very rare and unusual view of 4 eggs all in one hummingbird’s nest located in Southern California.  It  is rare to find three eggs in a nest when usually there are only two. The fourth egg arrived on April 1st, 2012.It is not known yet, if all four are fertile.  New postings will follow as incubation progresses.Humminbirds are known to have, again not average, two separate nests each occupied with babies.  Each nest with eggs hatching a week or so apart  from each other.  The female will feed all four babies. I have posted a slide show on YouTube,Four Hummingbird Eggs in Nest”

Hummingbirds in the Garden




Pictures are of hummingbird fledlings, mother hummingbird sitting on her nest, hummingbirds at feeders and flowers, and a sample of a beautiful hummingbird nest. If you click twice on the picture of the hummingbird flying you will see its open beak and that it is charging another hummingbird.

Tips for Adult Hummingbirds in Trouble

      Monique F. Rea Copyright 2010


  • Young Hummingbirds on ground generally need to be rescued unless nest is located.  Most often sparrows & finches can be placed away from danger and placed close to where found and the parent will find and care for them.  It’s best to call your local rehabber, wildlife rescue organization or animal shelter for more specific advice for specific circumstances.
  • Adult Hummingbirds trapped in garage or home are very disoriented and it presents a danger to them for lack of food and exhaustion.  Try to attract them with a hummingbird feeder near an exit to outside.  In case of high ceilings use a broom & attach a soft towel.  Reach up to them in order for them to cling to it then bring it down slowly. Take the hummer outside and carefully release from towel.  You can also use a hummingbird feeder slowly and progressively moving it closer and closer to the exit.  This gives it some hydration and encouragement to move closer to the exit  and eventually return to the outside.  Call for assistance if you need more advice.
  • Adult Hummingbirds found on the ground are there for a variety of circumstances.  #1.Collision with a window.  Still upright and breathing place in safe area, offer sugar water and watch for its recovery which could take 20, 30 mins. or maybe an hour until the hummingbird gets it’s composure. If you have brought it inside to keep safe from predators, release back outside in daylight. Remember, if you needed to bring hummer inside be sure to have it in a safe covered quiet location until ready to release back outside.  #2. If one has landed in a puddle of water and soaked, wet feathers prevent it from flying.  Bring in and gently dry off with towel, keep warm & out of drafts.  Offer sugar water.  Keep in a warm safe, quiet place, a box with cover & allow air flow until it has recovered (20-30mins.)  Line the container with clean rag or paper towel.  Run a twig through a box for perching while recovering.  Remember hummingbirds eat frequently. While waiting for recovery from the mishap make sure the sugar water (see recipe) is available at all times through an eye dropper or small plastic bottle cap.  When it recovers release it outside during daylight. If found after dusk and dark wait until early dawn next morning to release. 


  • Sugar water recipe: 1 part white granulated sugar to 4 parts distilled purified water and simmer 20 minutes then let cool
  • Call your local rehabber or wildlife rescue organization for further assistance.  Never use honey or any other substitute. 

Be sure to check for additional notes regarding lost hummingbird nestlings or fledglings………under “Tips for Lost Hummingbirds”

See hummingbirds nesting and raising their babies live.  



These are three live cams streaming one from Irvine, one from Aliso Viejo and one from La Verne, CA.

Hummingbird Notes



DEFINITION:  Fledgling:  is the stage of most bird’s life that is one of the most precarious.  Hasn’t really developed flying skills, prematurely may have left the nest, parent cannot carry back to the nest.  They are on the ground and vulnerable to predators.  They are fully feathered, clumsy and haven’t learned to be afraid.

 IMPORTANT:  When in doubt if the mother appears to not have returned to the nest, follow these instructions before you remove and take it to a rescue facility

Take a seat and make yourself comfortable.  Observe and focus on the nest without leaving the area for a minimum of 40-45 mins.  The average feeding schedule of the female hummingbird is every 15-20 mins. within each hour (sometimes a little longer).  If the mother has not returned after the 45 mins, then take it to a rehab facility.  You can call the rescue facility to prepare them in case it will be necessary to rescue the baby hummingbird.  If you confirm the mother has had a mishap, please get the baby(s) to a rehab center as soon as possible.