At last, a use for all those spider webs that appear overnight!

2 hummers

Raise your hand if you know what a hummingbird does with a spider web…yes, PeggyJoan, I see your hand first!

I am known to be quite impatient in waiting for the hummingbirds to appear after I clean and refill the feeder.  Yesterday was cool, and I had a productive day managing to accomplish a few small chores, so I was feeling a little more charitable waiting for the duo to arrive for dinner.

The ruby-throated hummingbird is the most common hummingbird east of the Mississippi River.  It migrates to Eastern North America in summer in order to breed.  Since I have seen the female (perched on the edge of the basket) and the male (in all his colorful exposure flashing the red throat) but also as many as 3 or 4 at a time, I surmise this is a couple raising babies somewhere in a nearby tree.  When they leave, they fly up over the roof toward the back of the house, which borders a heavily wooded area.  The nest is made with spiderweb that stretches as the birds grow, which seems like an extraordinary skill.

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16 Responses to At last, a use for all those spider webs that appear overnight!

  1. Beth Barton says:

    A friend gave me a fern with a bird in it. That, or it was a very fast-to-get-there bird. Every time I try to water the fern, the bird flies out but then comes back a little later. I love your flowers. Kudos for leaving the spider web. They give me the heebie jeebies.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Oh, I am not a fan of spiders or their webs, but as long as they are outside, I can tolerate them. And I had no idea hummingbirds used them! Cool fern with a bird story–one year my cuz had a bird build a nest in one of her hanging planters. 🙂

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  2. That makes sense for the next to stretch. I keep hummingbird feeders up but I don’t know if they ever make a nest. The ruby-throated are impressive when they flash that bit of red. We had woodpeckers that feed on the feeders too and they look rather silly.

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  3. peggyjoan42 says:

    I had my hand up, but you told everyone what spider webs were used for. My mother had a wire strung between poles on her back patio. This humming bird built a nest on that wire one year. It was eye level and we could watch the birds, the babies, and the nest increase. It was amazing. Two days ago a Broad-tailed female Humming bird showed up at my feeder. This bird was so mean, she fought with the Ruby Throated male until he disappeared. The Broad-tailed Humming bird is normally seen in Arizona and Mexico. I was amazed that it was this far East.

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  4. Alan Venable says:

    I recently saw a hummingbird in my San Francisco back yard gathering cob webs to make its nest, but I didn’t think about how the nest could stretch. What a cool bit of natural design! I hope the spiders get something out of it too.

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  5. Sheryl says:

    I learned something new. Until I read this post, I knew nothing about hummingbird nests.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      You are in good company, Sheryl. I did not know about hummingbird nests either, until I was looking up what kind of hummingbird this was. The Cornell Lab website on birds is really helpful!

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