Have you seen hummingbird fledglings?
If hummingbirds nest in your garden, odds are you’ve seen some hummingbird fledglings. But maybe you haven’t recognized them. That’s because all hummingbirds are tiny. But the hummingbird fledglings are extra little. And they’re extra fun to experience.
What are some hints that it’s a not an adult bird?
If you’re looking at a hummingbird in winter, it’s probably not a fledgling. And if you’re watching a bird with very iridescent plumage, it’s likely an adult. But if you see a super tiny little bird that’s extra fluffy and puffy, it may be a hummingbird fledgling.
Moreover, if you see a hummingbird trying to eat from everything in sight, it may be a baby. That’s because the young ones haven’t yet learned what’s good to eat and what isn’t good.
In fact, I’ve seen them try to find a nectar source on a fern. And, if you didn’t know, ferns don’t have nectar.
But, sometimes an adult hummingbird will be poking around non-nectar sources. That’s because they’re seeking insects and nesting materials.
And keep an eye out for pairs of newly fledged birds.
Hummingbirds tend to raise babies in pairs. And both younsters tend to leave the nest around the same time.
Then, when both have left the nest, momma teaches them how to forage. But she eventually leaves them alone. When that happens, they may stick together for a while. And they’re super fun to see. That’s because they’re kids. And hummingbird fledgling kids love to play!
So, hummingbird fledglings will put on some seriously fun aerial shows. And, if you’re really lucky, they may fly up to your face to explore you too. In fact, if you hold up a flower and stand very still around young hummingbirds, you may get to feed them some fresh nectar from your garden.