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Tiny Bubbles Wrapped in Feathers – December 29, 2017

The delicate work of raising and releasing orphaned baby hummingbirds

They flash in front of flowers and feeders for seconds, wings a blur, and then whiz away. Next they’re back — but before you can gasp at the beauty, they’re off again.

A glittering fragment of a rainbow; a flamingo comet; a living gem: All of these metaphors struggle to describe the evanescent magic of hummingbirds.

photo of hummingbird nestPhoto by ChaMick Thompson A mother hummingbird can leave the nest mroe than 100 times a day to find food for her nestlings. Too often, people "rescue" baby hummingbirds prematurely when the mother is off finding food.

But what they are doing when we… more

by: Sy Montgomery

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