Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Share with your children

About a year ago I stumbled across this wonderful site


Who is Phoebe?
Phoebe is a non-migratory Channel Islands Allen's Hummingbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen's_Hummingbird). She builds her nests in a rose bush, and the nest is about the size of a golf ball, with eggs being about the size of a tic-tac candy (Egg Pics). The season for nesting is October through May/early June, and Phoebe will lay four to five clutches per season. One or two eggs are laid per clutch, they hatch after 17 days, and the chicks typically fly three to four weeks later.

 How the Live Webcam Got Started

Living in Southern California, we are blessed to be joined by numerous species of birds and several years ago we noticed a hummingbird setting up her nest in our yard. What amazed us is we thought it would be a one-time event, but she kept coming back year after year. After several years, we thought it would be fun to get a closer look and set up our first webcam in 2007. As the number of viewers grew, in March 2009 we moved the broadcast to Ustream.tv, and then the number of viewers exploded. In less than a year, we had over 2 million views, and had climbed to the most popular birding site on the web (Fat Birder's Top 1000 Birding Website). Phoebe has a dedicated community of followers from all around the world, and we love hearing that school children are learning about hummingbirds with the help of our webcam and that Phoebe has inspired visual artists, musicians, poets, and more.

Please pass it on to your children and maybe their schools---what a wonderful up close view of such a tiny busy little bird.  Phoebe has started a new nest with the first egg layed on President's Day.  It has been a little unusual around the nest as the last hatch of Jay and Bea still come to visit Phoebe. 


Normally she will show them around for about a week and then shoo them off....these 2 sat in the nest and watched her start the new nest so our chat followers thought they would just move into the new nest with Mom!  We have been treated to many views of the fledged babies a very rare treat!


  1. Beautiful...thanks for this "touch of spring"!
    P.S. Love love love the purple polka dotted flowers on your side panels of your blog!

  2. I clicked over from your blog one other time but it was dark and I forgot to check back. Now I see the mother. Fun!

  3. cool, I am going to check it out! Lezlee

  4. What a delightful blog you have, I will sure visit more often. Glad you stopped by as well. Have a great Sunday!

  5. Greetings from Southern California

    I added myself to follow your blog. I invite you to visit mine and follow me if you want too.

    God bless you :-)



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