Many people know NM only for rusted pickup trucks, but we got lots of hummers, especially where you are.
Hummingbird trivia????(from some recent research)
As soon as mating is over, the female has little to do with the male. The male does not contribute to nest building or care of eggs or chicks.
She collects spider webs and plant parts and weaves it all into a small cup with an inner diameter of about 1 inch. The outside of the nest is about 1 ? inches tall. The nest is lined with soft plant down. Adorned with bits of gray-green lichen it is camouflaged perfectly.
The female lays two tiny pea-sized (about 3/16 inch X 5/16 inch) white eggs. Incubation takes about 14 -16 days. The female is on the nest 50 - 55 minutes of every hour.
The chicks are about one inch long when hatched, with short bills, and totally naked. During the first few days the female cannot be off the nest for long periods as the chicks cannot generate their own body heat.
The female forages to collect nectar, pollen and tiny insects, and upon returning to the nest will regurgitate a slurry into the mouths of the chicks. The chicks will double their mass by the third day after hatch; double again by day five, and again by day eight.
Chicks are in the nest for about three weeks, and when they leave the nest they are fully grown and able to forage on their own.
About five to six weeks from egg laying to flying.
Here?s are pics of the ?inside? and ?outside? of a recently vacated nest from my yard??..