DAY 2A: Nestmates
eyes won't open until they are nine days old. They are uncoordinated,
and spend almost all their time resting at the bottom of the nest.
Q: What are at least two things that baby hummingbirds CAN do as soon
as they hatch out? (Answer under photo.)
A. From the time they dry off, baby hummers can hold
up their heads and open their mouths to beg for food, and as soon as
they swallow, they can poop. Right now they're still pretty tired and
weak, but by tomorrow they'll start backing up a little so they can
poop over the nest rim. Even that little job is pretty hard work at
first! It's not much of a life, but by the time they're nine days old
and their eyes open, baby hummers are starting to learn that there's
a lot more to life!