Four Days of Sunbird Nest Building

I won’t take long with this. In just over a week, the female Sunbird has constructed a nest. Her and the male had been checking the spot out for a few weeks before. They threw a few strands of old grass and web over the wire, then disappeared for a day or 2. Then, last Friday (the 1st I think), the female came back and started to work in earnest. The photos below were taken between Wednesday the 6th, and Saturday the 9th of May. Mrs Sunbird has been very industrious. She has made the oval opening, and is getting inside and stretching her wings to spread the nest space. She has also been raiding some of the soft bedding feathers from the older nest on the other side of the porch/kitchen area to line the new one.

Mrs Sunbird constructing her nest. Wednesday 6th Mat 2015

Mrs Sunbird constructing her nest. Wednesday 6th, May 2015.

Sunbird nest Thursday 7th May 2015

Sunbird nest Thursday 7th May, 2015.

Sunbird nest under construction. Friday 9th May 2015 In the morning.

Sunbird nest under construction. Friday 9th May, 2015. In the morning.

Sunbird nest under construction. Friday 9th May 2015 In the afternoon.

Sunbird nest under construction. Friday 9th May, 2015. In the afternoon.

Sunbird Nest. Saturday morning, 9th May 2015

Sunbird Nest. Saturday morning, 9th May, 2015.

Female Sunbird with soft material for her nest. Saturday 9th May, 2015.

Female Sunbird with soft material for her nest. Saturday 9th May, 2015.

Female Sunbird hanging off nest entrance (and checking me out). Saturday 9th May, 2015.

Female Sunbird hanging off nest entrance (and checking me out). Saturday 9th May, 2015.

In this last image, the Sunbird is inside the nest, ruffling her feathers and stretching her wings out to make the nest space larger.

Female Sunbird inside nest, making space larger. Saturday 9th May, 2015.

Female Sunbird inside nest, making space larger. Saturday 9th May, 2015.

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3 thoughts on “Four Days of Sunbird Nest Building

  1. I am obsessed with sunbirds ! I am trying to document a full cycle from nesting to fledging and having great success. Not your typical bird lover, but it just happened. You are welcome to read my blog and contribute any knowledge.

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