Harriet the Hummingbird Homesteading at Huntly Wynd

An Invited Guest

We have had a guest visiting us again throughout the winter… here at Huntly Wynd.

We now understand that she has invited more of her kind to visit all of us here as well.

Her name is Harriet and she is a hummingbird. Harriet is full of energy and enjoys the company of other hummingbirds. Harriet does not like crows and they do not like her.

Harriet grudgingly accepts the company of residents who occupy their patios in the summer months.

Earlier this month (March), we could see Harriet flying back and forth into the Rhododendron that is at the back of our unit, across the fast-flowing stream. We ventured outside to see what all the commotion was about. As we approached the stream, Harriet came flying out of the Rhodo and sat on my head. We quickly backed up and retreated to our kitchen.

Armed with our trusty iPhone, we took the photo below. There in the crook of a branch stretched over the stream was Harriet sitting on her nest.

From above, an umbrella of leaves conceals Harriet the hummingbird as she sits nestled in her tiny yet perfect nest quilted together with lichens and plant fibers.

The nest was so tiny, yet so perfect. It was almost impossible to see. It looked like another bump on a branch. From above, an umbrella of leaves conceals it and protects it from the elements. And from the side, it looks like a tiny knot, quilted with lichens and plant fibers.

This velvety cup is likely cradling one to two eggs that will hatch hopefully in the next week or two. The juvenile hummingbirds will leave the nest two to three weeks after they hatch.

We hope that Harriet and her offspring will visit us this summer.

Contributed by: Ken and Sue  – Unit 13