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Old 06-04-2009, 12:12 PM   #11
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Thanks for the slide show.
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:40 PM   #12
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Default update - chick at rehab

Jewel is at an independent rehabber (one with many hummers).
she wasn't injured, but has issues with wing development.

she fell several times from nest over past few days. last time about 5:30 this morning (California time). She wouldn't stay in nest, her instincts were telling her it was time to fledge. Her wings were not ready.

link to photo of jewel on ground (taken by Pungh - cam owner):
http://cam.dellwo.com/pics/jewelclose-060609.jpg

compare wings to this other hummer - 4th and 5th pics.
same age (also taken by Pungh):
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apparently this wing issue is occurring with a lot of hummers - as per rehabber.
(also - someone at ustream mentioned one of the redtails has a similar issue?- I haven't confirmed this.)

according to the cam owner Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center has a great rep, and she's in good hands.

not the best outcome, I'm afraid - but safer than on the ground and unable to fly.
It is unknown whether her wings will develop fully. Cam owner will be updating.

Phoebe (the mom) stays year round. Hopefully we'll see her nesting again in late October.
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:47 PM   #13
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Have other hummers gone on to fully develop? What happens to the hummers that don't develop fully?
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:03 PM   #14
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I'm not sure. chat was going so fast i wasn't able to copy all the info i wanted to.
I seem to recall someone mentioning that rehabbers can help some of these chicks.
something about working the feathers?? but I'm not really sure.
Mention was made that if they can't be released they may be used for education.
sad. they are meant to fly. this little spitfire really wanted to.
I plan on keeping updated, so I'll post here as I learn.
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:30 PM   #15
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Are they providing physical therapy to the babies?
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:38 PM   #16
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apparently this wing issue had been seen before - some can be worked with and will fly.
I wish I knew the particulars about what the rehabbers do, but I'm in the dark.
rehabber is expected to contact the cam owner next monday. I'll update here when I get any more info.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:03 PM   #17
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Thanks for keeping up with this.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:33 PM   #18
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Default update - Good News!

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10:36 AM Jun 15, 2009 Bulletin message From Pungh0li0
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/Hummingbird-Nest-Cam:
"I spoke with the Hummingbird Rescue person this morning. She says Jewel's wings have grown nicely and now extend to her tail. She is flapping away and getting plenty of lift and should be flying around soon and learning to feed herself. She is being hand fed fruit flies and is eating well. Lisa says she has no doubt Jewel will be released into the wild and asked me to call back in about 2 weeks for an update. Lisa works under the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center."
don't know yet if things just naturally moved along, or if something more aggressive was needed.

Houston, we have lift(off)!
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:37 PM   #19
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Those dirty rats! They took our web cam away from us! Those bruts. I clicked on the link and there's nothing there.
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:03 PM   #20
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It is gone. That's too bad.
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