The nest is TINY, smaller than an egg. I read online that hummingbirds make their nests out of moss, plant fibers, and spider webs. In the photo you can see the spider webs covering the outside of the nest. The webs remind me of the story of Thumbelina - I like to picture the hummingbird going to the spiders and bartering for some spider silk (because I'm a nerd like that). More likely than not the hummingbird probably just ate the spiders and then tore away their webs.
The nest is surprisingly close to our front door. Can you see it in the photo below?
I did some online research on hummingbirds and bought a hummingbird feeder and set it up outside. (Hummingbird PSA: apparently if you have a hummingbird feeder you shouldn't add red dye to the food and you should clean and refill the feeder at least once a week.) I haven't noticed the hummingbird using the feeder yet, but if she starts using it hopefully I can get some more pictures.
Labels: photos, the middling outdoors