"Hope," the mother hummingbird, is off collecting food.
Her tiny hummingbird hatchling, hunkered down, waiting for food.
The amazing thing is that Hope has never failed. She has nursed the hatchling along through three stages: egg, chick, and "teenager." How does she know to do all of this, not to mention the making of the nest from materials like moss, down, and spider webs!
July 2, 9:00 p.m. Western Daylight. In the dusk I check the nest. It's empty. Hope has prevailed finally. She and her hatchling are gone. My wife and I feel a little happy and a little sad. Image of the empty nest, center of the photo above the double yellow line.