Critically endangered hummingbird eggs are smaller than jellybeans, here’s how to spot and protect them:
“Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently urged gardeners in a Facebook post.
Thirty four hummingbird species are listed as “critically endangered,” which means they have a 50/50 chance of extinction within the next ten years.
So keeping an eye out for their tiny nests while pruning is critical to their survival.
The lichen also does a good job of camouflaging their nests.
NestWatch.org has some tips on how you can help create habitat for hummingbirds:
- Reduce the amount of space covered by mowed lawn in favor of native shrubs and trees
- Install a native lawn to replace traditional turf
- Plant multiple layers of structure (tall trees, medium shrubs, and short grasses/ wildflowers)
- Incorporate appropriate plants to attract nesting birds in your area
- Use fewer pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
- Provide a constant source of fresh clean water