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One of the world’s smallest and hardest-to-spot birds is the star of a new webcam video where Internet users can watch a mother hummingbird raise tiny hummingbird babies.
The hummingbird webcam, started by Joe and Erica Dellwo of Irvine, Calif., provides a unique view of Phoebe, a female Channel Island Allen’s hummingbird, taking care of two baby hummingbirds, Mary-Jo and Woody, in a nest in the Dellwo’s backyard. The hummingbird cam has been positioned on the nest since the Dellwo’s first noticed a hummingbird setting up a home there in 2007.
Mary-Jo and Woody, who have yet to leave the nest, are the youngest members of Phoebe’s family, which has seen a steady influx of baby hummingbirds, up to three a month, since they started filming.
According to the Dellwo’s website, PhoebeAllens.com, Phoebe typically lays two eggs at time which take about 17 days to hatch. The eggs are the size of tic-tacs, while the nest is the tiny size of a golf ball, they say.
The babies in the video are expected to take flight within the next couple of days, according to the website.