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WATCH: Mom, baby hummingbirds star in live webcam

WATCH: Mom, baby hummingbirds star in live webcam

Credit: http://phoebeallens.com/

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish

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KING5.com

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 31 at 2:57 PM

If you are a bird lover or just love nature and great video, there is a fun website that lets you watch live streaming of a momma hummingbird on her nest.

"Phoebe," a nonmigratory Channel Islands Allen's hummingbird, has made her home in the backyard of Joe and Erica Dellwo of Irvine, Calif.

[WATCH LIVE STREAM]

Several years ago the Dellwo's noticed a hummingbird setting up her nest in their yard. What they thought would be a one-time event turned into a yearly show. The little bird kept coming back year after year.

After several years, the Dellwos thought it would be fun to get a closer look and they set up their first webcam in 2007. In 2009 the number of viewers exploded. In less than a year, they had more than 2 million views, and it has now grown to more than 15 million.

Phoebe builds her golf-ball sized nests in a rose bush. The eggs are about the size of a tic-tac candy. The season for nesting is October through May/early June, and Phoebe will lay four to five clutches per season. Two eggs are laid per clutch, they hatch after 17 days, and the chicks typically fly three to four weeks later.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says the Allen's Hummingbird breeds only along a narrow strip of coastal California and southern Oregon.

In this video from Feb. 10, 2013, Phoebe lays egg No. 1 of her second brood of the season. According to the video description, she "gets serious" at about the one minute mark.

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