R.I.P., Tiniest of Dudes, 03-01-18

So sad…

When I got home today I went to check on Mama Hummer and her nest, only to find the nest drenched and akilter on its branch, only one egg inside, and mama nowhere to be found.

Sadder still was when I checked around for the second egg. It had smashed on the ground, exposing the tiny embryonic bird inside. It only had another week to go before it properly hatched. RIP, Tiniest of Dudes.

I left the other egg in the nest in the off chance that mama might still return for it. The nest just got thrashed by the wind…

I know this happens all the time in nature, but still… These were “my” hummingbird babies. Gonna cry all night.

Other photos can be seen here.

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Mary K. Hanson is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 61, took coursework to become a Certified California Naturalist. The author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout”™ blog, Ms. Hanson has also written nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers, authored over ten books, including her "Cool Stuff Along the American" series of guide books, and has had her photographs featured in books, articles, calendars, on the American River Parkway Foundation’s Instagram stream, and even the White House blog. This year Ms. Hanson is helping to launch and teach a new Certified California Naturalist course through Tuleyome, in partnership with the University of California and the Woodland Library, so members of the public can themselves become certified as naturalists in the state. All of the photos seen on her website were taken by Ms. Hanson herself (unless noted otherwise) with moderate- to low-end photographic equipment more easily affordable to the everyday nature enthusiast. She also occasionally leads photo-walks through the American River Bend Park for the public and is sometimes available for public speaking.