A big view on little birds

Hummingbirds hover like helicopters

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Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds of the air, but they have a big presence on the webcam above.

Hummingbird hover

Look at the monitor above. It’s a live feed from the nest of a wild female channel island hummingbird named Phoebe. Located in a rose bush, it’s no larger than a golf ball and is made from feathers, leaves and other plant parts. It’s all held together with spider webs.

Eggs that Phoebe lays are the size of a breath mint (tic-tac). They hatch after about 17 days from when they are laid.

The chicks will continue to grow in the nest for about three to four weeks before fledging. She has been laying four to five clutches each year for several years.

Click here for more information about Phoebe's hatches, camera set-up and more.

If you're lucky, you might just see Phoebe hover in and feed her baby chicks.

What do you think about seeing these little creatures? Do you have a hummingbird story of your own? Share your thoughts about hummingbirds with other museum visitors by typing in comments below.

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fridley says:

how do they fit in a litle nest and how did you find it at this spot

posted on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 1:15pm
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Anonymous says:

it is awsome to see them up close and to know how they stey warm.

posted on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 1:16pm
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Anonymous says:

humming birds are so cool i love them. lets celebrate. birds look wierd when the mom is feeding them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 11:51am
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Anonymous says:

Hi this is this person named Beatrice and I love humming birds. With their long snouts and the way that they eat is just weird but awesome at the same time. Im blonde and live in south dakota. I have many friends that live in Flordia. I see them 6 times every 3 months. I am origanally from Flordia and thats why I have friends their. my favorite food is corndogs with ketchup and macorroni and cheese. I have a wonderful voice which i use in singing contests at my school. By the way I win them

posted on Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:04pm
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Anonymous says:

how do the birds fit in the little nest

posted on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 11:49am
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Anonymous says:

whats the avrage wing span of a humming bird?

posted on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 2:28pm
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Anonymous says:

whats the average of a humming birds age?

posted on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 2:26pm
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Anonymous says:

how do they just sit there?

posted on Sat, 01/19/2013 - 1:40pm
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Anonymous says:

Hummiming birds wings beat so fast its unbelievable! It is so fascinating.

posted on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 4:55pm
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Anonymous says:

humming bird are epic!
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posted on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:17am
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Anonymous says:

i love hummingbirds
i love watching them drink from our hummingbird feeder!!

posted on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 11:53am
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Anonymous says:

Some birds don't need bird-food.

posted on Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:13pm
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Anonymous says:

I absolutley LOVE

HUMMINGBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, don't you?
They are so cute!

posted on Sat, 01/12/2013 - 5:26pm
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Anonymous says:

I wish I had a bird!!!

posted on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 8:25pm
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Ziggle Zort says:

NO you shouldn't in my opinion, they take them out of the wild!

posted on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 3:02pm
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Anonymous says:

how many babies does a humming bird typically have?

posted on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 3:44pm
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libby says:

a mother humming bird can have up to 10 babies

posted on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 2:53pm
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anonymous says; says:

i farted

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 12:18pm
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Anonymous says:

birds are cool!! my mom never stops giving them food!!

posted on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 5:39pm
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Anonymous says:

that is awesome and very cool
how do you kwow if the bird wiil have a baby

posted on Sat, 01/05/2013 - 2:25pm
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Anonymous says:

my grandpa feeds the birds all the time too!!!

posted on Sat, 01/05/2013 - 1:22pm
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Anonymous says:

this birds seem fastanting and giving them food could be a little trouble but keep doing what your doing

posted on Sat, 01/05/2013 - 1:16pm
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Anonymous says:

birds creep me out

posted on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 2:12pm
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Anonymous says:

Hummingbirds are freakin' cool, man! I once saw one in California and I've seen them at zoos, but never in Minnesota!

posted on Wed, 01/02/2013 - 2:01pm
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Anonymous says:

you can fly

posted on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 1:14pm
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Anonymous says:

fidgety

posted on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 12:38pm
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Anonymous says:

how come the bird is shaking

posted on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 12:37pm
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Anonymous says:

birds are cool becase there are so many different types

posted on Mon, 12/31/2012 - 4:42pm
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Anonymous says:

the only reason i like birds is because they are cute and they have the ability to fly. (i wish that i could fly)

posted on Mon, 12/31/2012 - 4:12pm
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Anonymous says:

I Think birds are small and they dont protect the earth

posted on Sun, 12/30/2012 - 4:26pm
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Anonymous says:

Those birds are beautiful.

posted on Sun, 12/30/2012 - 3:58pm
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Anonymous says:

I like the picture of the Hummingbird

posted on Sun, 12/30/2012 - 1:45pm
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Anonymous says:

awesome place. we must protect these birds

posted on Sun, 12/30/2012 - 1:34pm
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Anonymous says:

i think birds are awsome and cute my name is keirsten

posted on Sun, 12/30/2012 - 1:31pm
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Anonymous says:

Hummingbirds make such wonderful birdsongs I enjoy them. They are also so beautiful.

posted on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 8:13pm
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Anonymous says:

I tataly agree with you they are natures music. They are amazingly beautiful.

posted on Sat, 01/05/2013 - 3:56pm
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Anonymous says:

what is the largest bird

posted on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 4:55pm
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Schminkledinker says:

The Ostrich

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 1:11pm
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Anonymous says:

i like birds because they taste good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahaha

posted on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 4:03pm
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Anonymous says:

lol so funny they do taste good =3olfy (wolfy)

posted on Sat, 01/12/2013 - 1:34pm
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Anonymous says:

I wonder what it would be like if they were huge.

posted on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 12:10pm
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Anonymous says:

little birds are so cool! they always came to our lake... when we were there! any how i can't talk long... so... Goodbye?

- Jimmy Fallon

posted on Fri, 12/28/2012 - 7:12pm
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Anonymous says:

the nest is so small

posted on Fri, 12/28/2012 - 4:12pm
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Anonymous says:

I like baby birds!! :) :)

posted on Fri, 12/28/2012 - 3:14pm
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Anonymous says:

dylan meddaugh how do birds tweet?

posted on Fri, 12/28/2012 - 2:21pm
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Anonymous says:

i wonder every day why they fly so fast.

posted on Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:42am
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Anonymous says:

we feed hummingbirds in our backyard! they are so cool and love sugar water:)

posted on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 4:49pm
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Anonymous says:

birds are absolutely beautiful!

posted on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 4:45pm
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Anonymous says:

I like how hummingbirds hover over flowers.

posted on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:22pm
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Anonymous says:

the beak helps drink nectar from flowers

posted on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 1:43pm

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