teeny tiny beauty 23

In the wake of the horrible happenings in Japan this week and a string of other recent natural disasters affecting New Zealand and Australia, this webcam of newly hatched hummingbirds reminds us of nature's resilience and brings some sense of hope, doesn't it? 

Life continuing on in spite of it all: beautiful thing number twenty three.

To watch the live webcam, click here. (Subject to local daylight, and the period of time the fledglings live 'at home' in the nest.)

Other video preserved video on YouTube:


I'm finding beauty, are you?


  1. Marilyn March 12, 2011

    Thank you for this. Nature seems to be hurting so many people right now but life continues on offering so much hope. My granddaughter’s birth was a wonderful gift from Nature.

  2. Jennifer March 12, 2011

    Indeed Marilyn, your little Harriet is the most precious gift and a reminder of the hope inherent in life.

  3. Carol March 13, 2011

    It’s terrible of what is going on at the moment in Japan! It’s good to be reminded that nature can be wonderful!
    C x

  4. Steve capelin March 15, 2011

    Japan – tragic. Such devestation leaves Australia and New Zealand feeling rather diminished. What do they hum?

  5. Jennifer March 15, 2011

    Yes Carol, it certainly is.

  6. Jennifer March 15, 2011

    Last Friday when my alarm clock woke me up with CBC Radio One as it does every morning, the host was saying, “and of course the top news today is what has happened in Japan” and I put my arm over my eyes, before I even knew what happened, and said to myself “no, not again.” It is hard to comprehend one singular event like this, but it seems as if there is one after the other in recent years.
    Re: hummingbirds -I always entertained the fancy that if you got close enough to the little things, they’d be humming “Hey Jude” or some lullaby to their raisin-sized babies. 🙂 But really, it’s their wings that hum – like a teeny tiny helicopter!

  7. Susan Tiner March 15, 2011

    Death and destruction are part of the cycle of life. In the Episcopal church (I’m not religious but participate), this is the season of Lent, during which we are reminded of of the cycle of death and rebirth. Not that I wish tragedy on anyone, but in a way, it’s helpful to have reminders that we are mortal. Life is precious and brief.

  8. Jennifer March 15, 2011

    Indeed Susan. And it’s a great comfort to me to be reminded of life’s constant rebirth.

  9. Steve capelin March 16, 2011

    Of course humming would mean you (a bird) would have to keep your mouth shut all the time. Do birds fly mouth open or shut? Do they mouth breathe or nose? So many things I don’t know. A helicopter is somewhere in the background here as i type. More a roar than a hum. Mind you a tiny teenie roar could become a hum I suppose. Would just need some honey. Why have I associated honey with humming birds. Are they related to honey eaters? I need to do some research.

  10. Jennifer March 16, 2011

    Ha – funny there was a helicopter giving you mood sounds as you wrote that. The hummingbirds love nectar and probably honey – my dad has a hummingbird feeder up on the Manitoulin Island (where hummingbirds are more in numbers) and they fill it with a sugar/water mixture. You see them feeding off cone shaped flowers, sticking their long beaks inside.
    Occasionally one of the “hummers” gets in Dad’s back porch, I got a picture of one such event last summer (http://jensrealia.typepad.com/blog/2010/08/island-under-sky.html). It will fly at the window trying to get out so dad will trap it in a towel and free it – very gently as they are so delicate!

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