Experts Are Begging People To Watch Out If These Small Eggs Appear In Their Gardens
LifeAspire Staff 4/7/2017
Spring is in the air and for many of us this means spending more time outside to spruce up the yard. Equally excited about the changing landscape are the many birds and animals who are already gearing up with their own routines to get ready for the new season.
As we set out to enjoy this beautiful spring weather with our fellow critters, here is an important message from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a small bird and it's even smaller eggs.
We speak of course of the hummingbirds which we all know as one of the tiniest birds in the world. Some of the other characteristics that make the hummingbird so interesting is that they are the only birds that can fly backwards, and while hovering they tend to flap their wings anywhere from 720 to 5400 times in a minute!
Spring is the season for many birds to lay eggs and this includes the hummingbird. But given how small a hummingbird nest can be, it is often easy to miss it while tending to the shrubs and bushes. The egg itself is about the size of a jelly bean, and according to researchers you will most likely find only two eggs per nest since that is how many a female hummingbird will lay at a time.
"Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs this spring."
Hummingbirds are not the only birds to watch out for however since there is a good possibility you might find nests of other birds native to your area. The general advice from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in case a nest is found is to:
"Admire it from afar!... By maintaining a respectful distance from the bird nests, we can help ensure that the birds will not be sensitive to disturbance since if they feel threatened they may even abandon young."
Here is an amazing video to show just how small and fast hummingbirds can be!
We wouldn't want strangers disturbing our home, and birds are no different! So as the landscape changes from brown to green, be mindful to give some space to the birds who might be lurking in your yard! And always remember to keep your distance as you revel in the beauty and bounty of nature!