When spring is approaching, many of us turn our thoughts to the great outdoors and all of the work that we want to accomplish this year in the garden. Most of us are quite overwhelmed at the beauty of the world around us when we step outside in the spring. That is especially true if we don’t get outside much in the winter.
When you begin working in the garden, it can help to enhance your appreciation for everything that nature has to offer. It doesn’t matter if it is a tiny blade of glass or a large oak in the backyard, it all is a creative wonder.
Springtime is not only ideal time to get out and work in the yard, it is also a time of year that is special for many animals. Certain animals go through a reproductive process that takes an entire year to repeat the cycle. In the springtime, they tend to reproduce and that is true of large animals, as well as tiny animals.
As a result, we are receiving a well-deserved warning about what to do if we happen to find a hummingbird nesting area.
These warnings were posted on Facebook and it can help to save hummingbirds. It soon was viral, and many people were sharing it with friends and family.
These posts got more than 250,000 shares by those who wanted to help save hummingbirds.
The message included a beautiful picture of a hummingbird nest. It was taken by a photographer, Kelly Campbell, and it is amazing how delicate the birds nest is.
It is a fairytale image but it is one that is true in real life.
There were also some warnings added about what to do if you found a nest in nature. They wrote, “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.”
Homeowners and nature lovers should heed this warning.
Hummingbirds live in many parts of the world and they are quite versatile in their environment. They can be found in areas that are very warm as well as those that are quite cold. They make their homes when the conditions suit them.
They tend to live in gardens, because it is a nice habitat.
Hummingbirds will build a nest in a well-maintained human garden. If you have nectar rich flowers in the area or if you have hummingbird feeders and birdbaths, they may just make it their home.
If hummingbirds do decide to begin life in your garden, they may also decide to raise a family.
Female hummingbirds will build a delicate nest out of moss, spiderwebs and leaves. They like to build those nests on downsloping branches, especially over running water. They will build anywhere it suits them.
They decorate the nest with lichen to disguise it and camouflage it from predators. It helps to keep their eggs safe but it may also make it difficult to see the nest when you are trying to avoid it.
If you live in an area where hummingbirds exist, be diligent in checking the garden before you do too much pruning. You may just have to skip over a branch here or there, but you could be saving many little lives in the process.
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