Remember those two cute little Allen's Hummingbirds in a nearby SoCal city I previously wrote about that hatched in a patio nest built on a string of Christmas tree lights? During one of my occasional live streaming video visits I discovered their world has been more dangerous than I ever imagined as compared to those much larger Bald Eagles I've written about previously.
Here's a short video of Allen's Hummingbird from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles:
Streaming video site of the hummingbird nest I've been writing about here had dialogue reporting a Kestrel (member of the falcon family) had swooped in grabbing both hummingbird nestlings grown to fledgling size, almost ready to make their first flight -- expecting to fly independently, not to be carried up in the sky by a large raptor intent on a meal. This predator Kestrel dropped one hummingbird nestling named Clover -- the other named Crimson likely did not survive.
Here's a National Audubon Society Kestrel video. I was surprised to learn they can hover in midair.
Alik of "Nature With Alik" who has been monitoring this nest was alerted to this kidnapping and luckily found one nestling, Clover, on the ground nearby. He returned that nestling to the nest. Reports were the nestling was traumatized, thought to be in shock for a time, apparently not visibly injured. Fortunately, the mother, Emerald, eventually returned and Clover resumed feeding her one remaining nestling.
A day later I visited again, coincidentally shortly before unexpectedly another hummingbird threateningly swooped in at Clover as I was watching. Later, on the streaming video chat there was a report that the Kestrel had also returned and was observed to be spying from a distance on the nest containing Clover. Also reported was an "aggressive female hummingbird ... with intent on harming Clover ... " had been harassing the nestling. This led to the conclusion about Clover, "...this bird will not make it until tomorrow".
Alik is reported by Carole Turek at "Hummingbird Spot" to have been chasing away the aggressive female hummingbird and he reportedly planned to take Clover from her nest to the Ventura Hummingbird Rescue. When ready to fledge Clover wold be released.
Unlike the Friends of Big Bear site of the Bald Eagles I wrote about here who simply observe whatever occurs naturally in nature without interference, these Hummingbird folks apparently do involve themselves in some instances as with this nestling, thus altering nature. Of course, the Eagles nest at the top of a tree in the mountains is hardly as easily accessible as that of this hummingbird's nest on a residential patio. Also, I would think should two parental eagles decide they didn't want trespassers at their nest, given their size, dangerous-looking beak, the consequences for any visitor(s) could be more dangerous than the one tiny hummingbird mother might inflict who is the nestling's only caregiver, but I'm no bird expert.
I continued watching, expecting to see Clover removed from the nest, when suddenly the streaming video went black. Soon, chat reported Clover had unexpectedly fledged when the effort was made to cover her with a small blanket in order to remove her from the nest.
Time passed, the video and chat remained inoperative with no report specifically describing what happened. I was left to wonder then if the Kestrel had swooped down to capture Clover again as she fled ... and did she actually fly on what would have been her first flight, or did she fall out of the nest ... or did that other hummingbird attack her? I visited a site where Carole reported Alik observed Clover had strongly flown to a tree and was thought to be safe where her mother, Emerald, could look after her.
What an introduction to the world this newbie had! Does give us thought to consider just how tough is our life?
Hummingbird Spot (click on link), a web site sharing colorful photographs and videos started by Carole Turek, may be of special interest to hummingbird fans as her effort is to film all of the many varieties of these delicate-looking little birds all over the world, some quite unique in appearance beyond their flashy iridescent colors. Of note, reportedly ......
(Permission I requested in the past to share a YouTube video of that local SoCal hummingbird nest here but never received a response.)
Emerald is reported to possibly be building another nest elsewhere in which to lay more eggs for a third successful clutch this season, but I don't know if a live cam will be streaming video of that new site, but I don't expect to follow it or others here.