“Palm Springs Shirl” and her nesting hummingbird

June 30, 2011

How do you get a hummingbird to nest in your yard? Most of the time, hummingbirds nest in secluded bushes or trees and unless you’re in the right place at the right time, your chances of discovering a nest are pretty slim. A hummingbird’s nest is only about the size of half a walnut shell. But on occasion hummingbirds been known to nest in rose bushes and even on clotheslines.

One way to encourage a female hummingbird to nest where you can see it is to put up a Hummingbird “House”. It’s not really a house, but a Y shaped, metal frame that comes equipped with artificial landing leaves and a sheltering, overhead “leaf”. The special Y shape and the overhead shelter mimic the ideal nesting location that hummingbirds seek out.

Duncraft Facebook Fan “Palmsprings Shirl” purchased a Hummingbird House from Duncraft and had the wonderful experience of watching a hummingbird build a nest and lay two eggs. One of the eggs has hatched! Enjoy the great video and pictures she took! (Scroll below the pictures to read some excellent advice from Shirley).

If you buy a Hummingbird House, Shirley sent along this advice to help explain the best place to put it.

“The best advice I can give folks is to really consider placement of the starter. (Hummingbird House). The hummingbirds are very wary of wind and also predators.  We placed it underneath the eaves of our house/Patio.  This also provides constant shade for the nest which is important here in the desert.  Also, being close to the house keeps other bigger birds away from her nest.

We also have a hummingbird feeder located within 2-3 feet of where we placed the hummingbird starter branch.  So she has ample food supply right near by.  We also have an outdoor fan on the ready for  when the late afternoon desert temps reach 100+, we angle it upwards and help cool off her area.

We are so thrilled to be helping this little family on it’s way. She even used some of the starter nest material to build her little home!”

Thanks Shirley for the excellent advice and for sharing your pictures and video!

Stay tuned–as soon as we get more pictures of the babies from Shirley, we’ll be sure to post them.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Doris Little July 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

I have been wondering where to put their houses & how away from feeders. When do they start their second family. I have 2 femals & 2 males here. Thanks for any imformation u can give me.

kathy July 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

We are having a house built in San Carlos , Mexico. in Feb we were there for 3 weeks. we had a hummer build a nest right out side our bedroom this is a great idea I was wondering if i could do something to make this an every year thing.. right now I have humming bird feeders by my windows. at this point we live full time in our RV.. in So. CA. San Diego area. I so love the humming birds. i love the sound of their wings and the chirp they make..

Pat July 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I love hummingbirds. They are so beautiful! I have had so many bees on my feeders that the little hummers can’t get to their food. I have the bee guards, but nothing seems to help.

Anyone have suggestions?

Thank you so much.

Pat

julie goodwin July 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I have been told that hummers will come back to their nests if you leave the nest alone. Julie

Teresa Berry July 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm

that was really neat Thank you for sharing. I didn’t think we would have any around here. We bought a few feeders. I put two of them up and we have hummingbirds coming now. They come morning and evening. They are little one is bigger. Must be a mother or daddy and her or his babies. It’s exciting.

Linda Drebus September 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I to would like to know how to keep the bee’s away? Also the ant’s? I’ll be happy with any help. Thank you Linda

Linda Drebus September 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I really like that people try to give you good advice. And how helpful they can be.

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