OurHummingbirdNest - Our Babies
Sugar & Spice
SUGAR & SPICE
(Sugar: Laid 5/17/2012 7:55am, Hatched 6/2/2012 9:25am,
Spice: Laid 5/19/2012 7:47am, Hatched 6/4/2012 Pre-dawn)
These two little cuties are the perfect combination! We love them and can't wait to see them grow and fledge! Enjoy! xoxoxo!
OUR ORPHANS... Phil & Mia
Friday, May 25th 2012 7am: It's with a truly saddened heart that I must report Phil and Mia's passing during the night last night. As I said yesterday, they were still in a very early, critical time of their lives and upon further examination, appear to not have been developing quite as they should have for their ages. This is so disappointing but at the same time I feel a sense of peace that they were given a fighting chance. Without some help from Emma, they would have had NO chance and surely died. We all did everything we could and what we learned in these past four days gave us abundant, unprecedented research information that will save COUNTLESS hummers for the rest of time. <3 RIP sweet little Phil and precious little Mia. You were loved abundantly from the moment we saw you -- thank you for what you left us. <3
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Two baby hummingbirds were orphaned on 5/19/2012 after accidentally being cut from a ficus tree. The homeowner was horrified when the mother did not return and surrendered them to a local rehabber for help. The babies were only 1 and 2 days old (born 5/17 and 5/18). There were still eggshells in the nest. When hummingbird babies are this young, success with human hand feeding is almost never successful. Long story short, without the care of a mother hummingbird, these two orphaned babies would have likely died.
After stabilizing the babies, and many many hours of discussions and prayerful consideration, we decided to see if Emma could help. In the late morning of May 21, we placed the two orphans their original nest, next to Emma's nest (with two eggs inside) to see what she'd do - to see if she'd feed them. There is no information about this. These are unprecedented territories.
After placing the orphans' nest next to Emma's, WITHOUT HESITATION, Emma returned to her nest and IMMEDIATELY began feeding them. The most amazing sight I have ever seen in all the hummingbird footage I've taken or watched. Ever. My jaw was on the floor.
So... it is with a joy-filled, thankful heart that we introduce:
PHIL Named after the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." This is Navid's favorite Bible verse. We used it today when we decided to save the lives of these two.
MIANamed after the Bible verse Jerimiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." My favorite Bible verse, that I've used for both of my kids' baptisms. It was put on my heart today for these two.
Lucy & Ricky
LUCY & RICKY
(Lucy born 4/18/2012 11:35am PDT, Ricky born 4/19/2012 1:00pm)
This cute little couple was named after our host husband and wife, Diane & Navid. For those that know these two, there couldn't be a more perfect tribute.
For the past 15 years, Navid has patiently put up with Diane's wacky ideas (like this cam!), her crazy concoctions and playful antics. When returning home after a hard day's work, there's no telling what he'll face. Despite all her craziness, and all of his reprimands, they both remain devoted to the education and love of hummingbirds -- and each other. They feel privileged to share their nesting humminbgbirds with the world and look forward to many more hummingbirds as well as future friendships that are made here!
Welcome to the nest, you two wild and crazy birdies... You are loved!
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Gwen & Eddie
Named as a tribute to Gwen G. (A friend's mother)
(August 16, 1928-January 27, 2011)
Said the robin to the sparrow, "I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so."
Said the sparrow to the robin,"Friend, I think that it must be
That they have no Heavenly Father, such as cares for you and me."
This was one of Gwen's favorite poems that she shared often. It brought comfort to her and many.
"Mom lived with dementia for the past 7 years and it was only the past 2 where things really began to slip. My Dad passed away about the same time we found out about Mom. As the dementia progressed, and she realized she'd forgotten/would be forgetting things, she'd say "If I ever forget to tell you, I will always love you right here" and she'd put her hand on her heart.
My brother Paul would visit with Mom and I via the computer and he would share bird songs with her. She loved that so much...
In the last 6 months of her life, she forgot my name but her face still lit up when I came to visit, of course it may have been the fact I always brought candy. But deep down, she was always my mom... and every night, I'd read to her. Every night, the book "Love You Forever".
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”
After years of loving care, Mom left us, and was greeted by the angels in Heaven January 27, 2011. Her casket was adorned with hummingbirds, one on each corner... for her love of hummingbirds. She loved all birds, but loved hummingbirds the most. I will never forget her sitting out on her porch at her home in AZ, and loving the hummingbirds coming to her feeder.
My brother and I talk often about how much Mom would love this site, this cam. She'd love the birds, but also the friendships, the love and the healing that happens here. The celebration of these beautiful birds... and the miracles they bring."
In tribute to Gwen... may your beautiful legacy live on forever... xo-Di
(Short for Edison)
(Born 5/19/2011 7:40am PDT)
Born in a nest constructed on top of a tiny patio globe LIGHT BULB (like the one pictured left), "Eddie" was named by the host family's son, Alex (12).
Alex has sacrificed MUCH for the past year while this cam has been up. In addition to the nest/cam/sites taking much of Mom's time and attention, Alex hasn't been able to use the microwave for longer than 30 seconds at a time, with 5 seconds in between, for a year. (The microwave being used for longer than 30 seconds at a time makes the cam go down.) That provides a challenge when your Mom aint feedin' ya no more! (Just kiddin...)
Anyway, to reward Alex for his patience and sacrifice this past year, he got to name one of the babies. We've also included a picture of a contract he's had CALadyDi sign that promises, once Gwen & Eddie fledge, he can use the microwave non-stop. :)
Eddie's nest is in a unique, rare place for a hummingbird nest - so we thought the name was perfect! And, ironically, Gwen and Eddie's initials spell GE!!!
Welcome to the nest, Eddie! You are loved...
Emma, Gwen & Eddie
Emma feeding Gwen & Eddie
Forrest, Iris & Hope (The Orphan Story)
FORREST: Born 3/25/2011 9:27am PDT / Fledged 4/19/2011 11:55am
One of our Room Moderators, Maw2, named our first baby "Forrest", after her beloved Dad, who sadly passed away from cancer. His love of hummingbirds helped him during his battle with cancer. During this time he would sit out on the porch to watch the hummingbirds, and they would fly around him, sometimes even landing on his shoulder. It is the room's honor to give Maw2 this opportunity to carry her father's name forward with this sweet baby! <3
IRIS: Born 3/26/2011 (pre-dawn) / Fledged 4-19-2011 12:57pm
Another one of our Room Moderators, Hummyluv, named the nest's second baby "Iris" after Hummyluv's favorite flower. Here's a quote from Hummyluv about what this name means for her: "I am a survivor (emphasis on survivor!) of childhood abuse. I'm now an advocate to help other survivors. My healing journey has taken me down paths I never expected. But the Iris is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring here in Indiana, and symbolizes a new beginning and that despite the hard, long winter that that life sometimes throws us, new life ALWAYS returns. And so it is with Emma's nest! New life!"
HOPE (orphan): (Estimated DOB: 3/28/2011) / Fledged 4-19-2011 1:10pm
Hope's nest was accidentally cut down in another yard in the same city as our Host Family. The momma then was unable to find her baby and she was orphaned. After 24-36 hours of the baby being abandoned/not fed, CALadyDi was called by the homeowner to come and rescue the very sick baby. CALadyDi went and got the baby with plans to deliver the baby to a local Hummingbird Rehabilitation Center located nearby.
While CALadyDi was in route, and on the phone with the rehabber, givng her assessment of the baby's age (approximately 2-3 days old) and condition, the rehabber said the baby's chances of survival, even in the rehab facility were slim due to her very young age and "disgestion issues". After the phone conversation, they decided Emma fostering/adopting/surrogacy of Hope would provide the best chance for Hope to live. So CALadyDi took cold, listless lil Baby Hope home, and with the help of her husband, warmed it and finally got her to respond after about 20-30 minutes. Hope was fed sugar water and heated throughout the night. The next morning (3/30/2011), after miraculously surviving the night, CALadyDi then placed Hope in the nest after Emma awoke from "torpor" at dawn.
CALadyDi is in constant contact with the rehabber and with the consult of many, is monitoring this entire nest family. We are optimistic based on Emma's immediate fostering of Baby Hope, but still ask for your prayers and we move through this endeavor. Please know that in the event of a change for the worst, the nest, Emma, Forrest and Iris will NOT be compromised. If it is determined that Hope is jeopardizing anything, she will be removed from the nest. So far this is NOT the case. Things in the nest are going AMAZINGLY well! (Insert clapping here!) As mentioned earlier, your continued prayers and positive attitude are GREATLY appreciated!
(Born 5/26/2010, Fledged 6/17/2010)
Bessie was named after our very first Room Moderator's Mom.
"lovingit10" (AKA "Annie") was the very first person to come to Emma's Room when our broadcaster came online. Annie and Diane bonded, and have remained close friends ever since. lovingit10 is also the Room's very first Moderator. To quote Annie:
"My mother always loved hummingbirds, sadly I lost her in 2001. I live in a city and have a highway near by but none the less one day I put up a feeder, feeling it was my connection to her. Day after day, I didn't see a hummingbird. Feeling desperate one day, I said "Mom? Where are my hummingbirds???" Strangely, one showed up a just few hours later! Since that time, when I hang my feeders up, I ask Mom for them. And every time I ask her, one shows up a few hours later. I feel that it is she showing me that she IS still around.
One day, I came upon a Ustream site that had a new nest. The Broadcaster was CALadyDi. Together we formed an unbreakable bond. Although watching watching little Bessie fly off during her fledge was bittersweet, I know that my mom is around. Since 2010, we've worked together to share the stories and information with the Room's viewers, who are always eager to learn. This room has helped many viewers and brought together the most amazing friendships both near and far. I can never thank Di enough for the loving, and caring she shows to all of the people who enter the room. God gives us angels like Di, we just have to be aware and know that some things we need not to question and know in our hearts that it was meant to be."
It is this room's distinct honor to name Emma's first broadcasted baby hummingbird the opportunity to be named after Annie's wonderful mother, Bessie!
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Our current eggies:
EGG #1 5/17 7:55am! EGG #2 5/19 7:47am!
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Story of Hope
12/8/2013 9:09:43 PM