Spring will be here before you know it, and we all know what that means: Time to get outside and garden! But before you grab those pruning shears, wildlife experts are alerting homeowners to be careful when trimming their shrubs and trees this season.
In a Facebook post from May 2016 that was shared over 265,317 times, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service warned people to keep a close eye out for hummingbird nests.
The post reads: “Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs this spring.”
Ruby-throated hummingbirds breed between March and July, and mid-May is the height of breeding season.
Hummingbirds like to nest in well-maintained gardens, especially if it’s one filled with brightly colored, nectar-filled flowers and fountains, but they will ultimately build in any type of environment. (Watch out for nests in gutters, kitchen fan vents, and near front doors, too, say U.S Fish & Wildlife Service experts.) Some hummingbirds will also disguise their nests with moss, leaves, and lichen—a great strategy when it comes to predators, but not so great when it comes to garden shear-wielding homeowners.
Let’s see some stunning pictures of these beautiful birds:
Image credit: Kelly Campbell, Wikipedia
Kim Ngan Do
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