The Hummingbird Chicks Left The Nest

On May 21, 2014, I introduced you to this family of hummingbirds who live in my neighbor’s courtyard. They started out in eggs that were the size of a jelly bean. Near the time of departing the nest, they barely fit inside. This photo was taken about a day before they left the nest. It has been amazing to see how fast they went from fuzzy chicks to fully feathered adults! The first one left the nest approximately 21 days after hatching while the second one stayed a day longer.





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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.