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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I like birds cause they are peaceful.

posted on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 7:04pm
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humming birds r cute and weird

posted on Mon, 12/31/2012 - 4:27pm
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birds are more helpful to the environment than we realize. there are numerous birds in our lives and they're all beautiful in their own ways.

posted on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 5:14pm
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why are they so small!!!!!!?!!!!!

posted on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 1:27pm
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did you know that a hummingbird's eggs are about the size of your pinky finger's nail? wow!

posted on Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:24pm
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alec thinks hummingbirds are cool

posted on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 11:19am
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chickens are birds and they are delicious.... Louis A. Kell

posted on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 2:27pm
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how long can a average hummingbrird live?

posted on Sat, 12/22/2012 - 7:46pm
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it's so cool humbirds are so small and fast and have a long neck and beek.

posted on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:33pm
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humming bird babys eat wierd

posted on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 11:28am
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THEY EAT WEIRD BECAUSE THEY ARE BABIES OK

posted on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 3:27pm
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u eat weird

posted on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:39pm
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can birds survive without water?

posted on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 1:51pm
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every living thing requires water, but i think they can survive for a little while without it

posted on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 10:54am
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i was about to touch a bird yesterday and a squirrel because it came on my shoulder

posted on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 1:04pm
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do the birds always live in the trees or can they live in bird houses?

posted on Sat, 12/15/2012 - 5:59pm
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Birds can live in trees and birdhouses. They always live either in a nest in the tree or in a birdhouse somewhere.

posted on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 6:06pm
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I think that they can. I think this because some people have bird houses in my neighborhood and they actually have birds in there.

posted on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:15am
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I love birds. Macaws are my favorite. They are so cute. SQUACKIE! SQUACKIE!

posted on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 2:07pm
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what ????? SQUACKIE SQUACKIE!! really?

posted on Sat, 12/22/2012 - 3:19pm
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I love chickadees

posted on Sat, 12/15/2012 - 5:22pm
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amazing how small these birds are. none-the-less amazing / fascinating! very interesting.

posted on Sat, 12/08/2012 - 5:00pm
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very they are so exciting to look at and learn about .

posted on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 11:34am
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that bird is very ugly is beak is very wierd shapped i dont like it.... bang bang

posted on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 5:42pm
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that bird is very ugly its beak is very wierd shapped
I dont like it

bang bang

posted on Sat, 12/08/2012 - 4:22pm
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i love that bird!

posted on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 1:30pm
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sweeeeeeeeeeet im watching you!

posted on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 1:54pm
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those birds are so small!

posted on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 4:04pm
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This is really cool and educational!!!(:

posted on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 11:39am
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yeaah this is cool and funny i didn't know birds re that sml :)

posted on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 7:30pm
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THEY ARE SO SMALL

posted on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 9:49am
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In some cases they can be very big!

posted on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 1:12pm
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humming birds are cool

posted on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 4:13pm
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they are cool but they can a dark side too you know!!!! They can KILL uuu

posted on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 1:10pm
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i think this topic is very intresting a nd i would like to know more

posted on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 2:45pm
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huming birds are such amasing birdds and they are so small and they are so cutie

posted on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 1:52pm
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i think birds are awesome

posted on Sat, 07/21/2012 - 4:10pm
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in the spring my class and l would see humming birds at a feeder
one was a male, we named him mr. ruby.

posted on Sat, 07/21/2012 - 3:45pm
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i thought that this big view on little birds was very interesting. being a little bird myself, i thought it was interesting how big birds saw me. although the bird above my head was a little creepy.i hate birds.

posted on Sat, 07/21/2012 - 3:32pm
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hummingbirds are cool!!!!! they rock

posted on Sat, 07/21/2012 - 2:25pm
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i am personally fascinated by humingbirds! for instance, their uncanny ability to move their delicate wings so quickly is amazing! iwould love to learn more details about these creatures!!

ps i have seen and studied real huming birds up close in costa rica!!

posted on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 3:54pm
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Hummingbirds look so fragile. They are tiny birds.

posted on Sat, 07/21/2012 - 2:19pm
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Hummingbirds are very pretty

posted on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 2:08pm
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Yes, they are very pretty! I love how fast they are able to flap their wings. Do you know what type of food hummingbirds like to eat?

posted on Sat, 07/21/2012 - 2:18pm
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humming birds are very pretty birds. Also i have actully seen a humming bird in real life they are very amazing at humming.

posted on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 1:31pm
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Humming birds are very good hummers!!! (: Has anyone seen one in real life???

posted on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 1:28pm
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my teacher loves humming birds and has a feeder outside her classroom, and we got to see lots of them last year

posted on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 1:45pm
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I DONT KNOW HOW U HAVENT SEEN A REAL HUMMINGBIRD THERE EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 12:46pm
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they can flap their wings really fast

posted on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 11:59am
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they are so small

posted on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 1:38pm

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