They are everywhere! They are beautiful! They are…..fixin’ to migrate…..
How about a Handiwork shout out for these specialized creatures. Don’t take it for granted when these fast little miracles feed at your feeder.
They are eating like crazy right now to fatten up for the big migration to Central America. Their flight path crosses the Gulf of Mexico, and some make that distance without stopping. <–That’s 18-20 HOURS ! ! !
“The nest is the size of large thimble, built directly on top of the branch rather than in a fork.
It’s made of thistle or dandelion down held together with strands of spider silk and sometimes pine resin. The exterior of the nest is decorated (probably camouflaged) with bits of lichen and moss. The nest takes 6-10 days to finish and measures about 2 inches across and 1 inch deep.”
This seemingly delicate structure is actually very durable and created to hold 1-3 eggs which are the size of a pea.