A big view on little birds

Hummingbirds hover like helicopters

Andrew c/ Wikipedia / CC

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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yes they ARE REALLY SMALL!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 9:41am
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I THINK BABY BIRDS ARE REALLY CUTE BUT SOME ARE BALD I THINK

posted on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 1:23pm
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i like the blue heron

posted on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 1:20pm
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hummingbirds are asum.

posted on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:54pm
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awesome.

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 3:22pm
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these birds are amazing too you know i wish i was a bird wih wings. i mean can you imagine it

posted on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:36pm
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See i like little birds i think they are nice to watch and very cute i also like birds very much

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 2:59pm
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there so cool!!!! <3

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 2:15pm
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all i see is something hanging fron a tree that looks really wierd.

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 2:12pm
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they are awesome

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 2:01pm
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tey are so cool

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 2:00pm
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its so cute

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 1:58pm
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Humming birds are awesome!

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 1:57pm
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they are really fast

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 1:04pm
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true but they need to be fast or else there predetors will be able to capture them kill them and eat them

posted on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 1:23pm
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hummingbirds are really cute. i love the way they hover! - camille

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 12:59pm
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claire says
they are awewsome

posted on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 4:59pm
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they are indeed the best and fastes animals but also indedpendate so tht means the bird can go fast a the maximum speed of 35mph so get your facts right miss

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 5:19pm
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Katie/me LOVES hummingbirds! Great Article!

posted on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 11:48am
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that is so cool up close

posted on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 4:56pm
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i wonder if its a boy or girl?

posted on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 2:46pm
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these birds are cool!

posted on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 2:37pm
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The Hummingbird is ready to go

posted on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 2:08pm
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awww

posted on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:50am
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It's so neat that we can see what these birds are doing and observe the

posted on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:44am
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the hummingbird doesnt look like its doing anything. but hummingbirds are pretty cool

posted on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:24am
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i love birds and squirrels and pie and stuff

posted on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 8:50pm
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humming birds are so small that they can fit in a purse!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 07/21/2012 - 7:55pm
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Where is this at anyway? #J-L1ndy

posted on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 5:18pm
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Anyone ever seen an albino hummingbird before?

posted on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 4:37pm
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Hummingbirds have the fastest wing beats in the world.

posted on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 3:16pm
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its a bird.

posted on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 2:27pm
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they are so cute!

posted on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 11:42am
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so cool i like it cool girl

posted on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 11:24am
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they're pretty

posted on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 10:53am
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i see those birds

posted on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 4:21pm
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cute name and small eggs

posted on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 4:20pm
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they are so cute Sydney

posted on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 3:37pm
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I like the hummingbird-cam

posted on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 3:10pm
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alot of birds can fly! I like birds!

posted on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 2:55pm
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neat birds

posted on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 2:00pm
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you need birds

posted on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:35pm
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It's amazing how even this small of a bird can have a job and a presence on the earth

posted on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 8:01pm
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so small i can cn not belive it

posted on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 6:06pm
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i hope other people don't find it so its protected

posted on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 3:55pm
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pretty awesome!

posted on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 2:59pm
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cool and cute! :)

posted on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 2:48pm
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I'm a bird

posted on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 2:30pm
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soo cool and cute

posted on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 1:52pm
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these birds are really cute one is sitting ontop of the other!

posted on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 11:54am

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