How to Shade Hummingbird nest!

taintedskyApril 13, 2014

I live in Southern California and it gets very hot in the late spring. Last year a hummingbird built her nest on a lamp post near our pool exposed out in the open. It was raining lots and I was worried about the little bird getting cold and wet, but then the sun came out and when the babies hatched, they died in the heat! Another bird destroyed the nest.

This year, I am guessing the same hummingbird has built a nest again in the same spot! As of this morning she had not laid her eggs yet. I was wondering if I should tear the nest down or try and find a way to shade the nest. I am not sure putting up an umbrella would be enough heat protection (not the same as the coolness of a tree). Any suggestions would be appreciated. I don't want a repeat of last year.

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mehitabel(z6 MO)

Poor little thing. Seems to be missing some hummingbird nous about nest building. Or maybe she's just a low-ranking bird and can't find anything better.

Must have been horrible for you seeing that happen last year.

Do you have trees or bushes in your yard she could use? If not, maybe you could strap or tape some kind of shelter on for her. But it will be hard to make sure it won't blow away in a strong wind.

Hope you find a solution.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 9:44PM
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there are plenty of trees in our yard as well as in the neighborhood. not sure why she chooses the lamp post.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 11:02AM
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mehitabel(z6 MO)

I know it's an unpleasant thing to have to do, or even think about, but if you have lots of better places for a nest, I think I would take the nest down.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 1:04AM
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