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See the little round gray blob about the center of the photo? That's a hummingbird nest, and it's about an inch in diameter. The hummingbirds love my back courtyard for the hibiscus, the birds of paradise, and of course, the pure sugar water I hang out for them. In the South, I grew up around plenty of hummingbirds every summer, but I never saw a nest until now. The mother built in one of my potted miniature palm trees, and I've been carefully spying on it regularly. First, there was a white egg the size of a Jelly Belly bean. Then:

13 days ago, just hatched

7 days ago

5 days ago

2 days ago

Any day now I'm going to go outside and find it empty.

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