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February 12, 2010

Hummingbird Tales: They're growing!

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It's been five days since I last posted photos of the hummingbird chicks, and their beaks have begun growing longer and thinner, the bright yellow quickly disappearing as black replaces the bright color from the tip on down. The porcupine-like quills that cover their bodies are thickening, soon to begin the transformation from spines to downy proto-feathers.

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The mother hummingbird spends a lot of time buzzing around my head, making sure I don't make any overtly threatening moves, alighting periodically to check on her offspring before flitting off for more food.

Posted by Mike Lief at February 12, 2010 07:50 AM