Long story short, we have a mother who we watched build a nest and apparently hatch eggs (over the course of a few weeks we saw her go from nesting to recently buzzing from flower/our feeder back to the nest, where it looked like she was feeding babies).
Sadly, yesterday the landscapers in our area trimmed the trees and while they didn't actually harm the nest they came very close to it, and now it's very exposed (on the tip of the branch, although still surrounded by leaves). The mother (who we named Jewel for her pretty colors) came back and for a while was exhibiting the same feeding behavior, but as time passed her visits to the nest became fewer and now it appears that she's abandoned it entirely; we haven't seen her in the nest since early yesterday afternoon.
We're thinking that the babies must have died, and now we're wondering what will happen to the nest. There are 2 flowering trees near our house and we've seen at least 3-4 hummingbirds between the 2 of them, including Jewel. Will one of them eventually take over the nest? FWIW, there's still activity in the tree, and I actually saw one of them at our feeder this morning.
Thanks in advance.