[SPAM] Re: [Tweeters] Re: Male Anna's Hummingbird Gathering Nesting Material?

Cliff Drake cliff at cliffdrake.net
Mon Feb 14 14:06:11 PST 2005

Just a note, the other day, a week ago I think, I saw two Anna's fly
out of the Camellia in front of the visitor's center at the locks and the
one leading the chase sure looked like it had a Camellia petal in it's
bill. They went by at a high rate of speed so I couldn't see the sex. It's
not uncommon to see four or more there in different territories around the
grounds. Heck, I've seen four in the same tree alone.

Another note, the Barrow's Goldeneyes are up to 40 - 50 individuals
including several molting juv males. (also at the locks)

Cliff Drake
Ballard, Seattle WA
cliff at cliffdrake.net

At 01:43 PM 2/14/2005, Brett Wolfe wrote:

>I grabbed a different book, one I consider better for finding breeding

>information. It is "The Birder's Handbook: A field Guide to the Natural

>History of North American Birds" by Ehrich, Dobkin & Wheye. In the section

>on Anna's Hummingbirds, they do not say whether the male assist in nest

>building or not, but does state "...male chases female to nesting area..."

>and also "Nest is varied; oft in oak, also vine, brush, and human-built

>structures; thick, well-insulated, of plant down bound with spider's silk,

>lined with plant down and feathers. Building continues after eggs laid;

>lichen added to interior."


> From this, IMHO, the male at the very least assists in the nest building,

> possibly getting the basic structure built for the female, and then, as

> stated above, chasing the female to the nesting area.


>Anyone have any more info to refute my supposition from my reading? Maybe

>someone actually studying the little buggers?


>Brett A. Wolfe

>Seattle, WA


>Mike Patterson <celata at pacifier.com> wrote:

>I spent the morning going through my references on Anna's

>Hummingbirds. There is no mention of males engaging in

>nest building nor are there any courtship activities on

>record that would include "giving presents".


>This is probably something worth writing up a short note

>over, to be put in Washington Birds or something.


>You would want to include the possibility that it was probing

>the cattails for insects, but if you saw it carrying off



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>Subject: Male Anna's Hummingbird Gathering Nesting Material?

>From: "Jud Scovill"

>Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 07:01:17 -0800


>Yesterday (2-13-05) I observed a male Anna's Hummingbird at Green Lake in


>Seattle pluck fluff from an old cat tail seed head and fly up into a nearby

>evergreen tree.I assume this was nest-building material/activity because I

>can't think what else it could be but both Kaufman (Lives of North American

>Birds) and Sibley (The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) state that the

>nest is built by the female alone. Maybe it was preparations for Valentine's



>Jud Scovill

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>Mike Patterson

>Astoria, OR

>celata at pacifier.com


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