Watching LIVE hummingbirds online is a lot of fun!
These tiny birds are incredibly fast and rarely stop moving, which means most people have never gotten a chance to observe them up close. I think that’s one reason why getting to watch hummers on the following cameras can be so entertaining and even mesmerizing. 🙂
Currently, there are FOUR live hummingbird cams featured below.
This hummingbird feeding station might be the most active in the world! Seriously, I have never seen so many hummingbirds on such a consistent basis. Every day, no matter the season, you can expect to see dozens of hummingbirds.
The feeder is provided by Carole, who has avidly been feeding hummingbirds at her house for many years. Her dedication and consistency in supplying fresh sugar water is no small feat. On a typical day, her feeders have to be refilled THREE times, which means she has to visit Costco to buy 50-pound bags of sugar regularly. There are also ten additional feeders located off-camera, in addition to many nectar-rich plants.
THE HUMMINGBIRD SPECIES YOU MAY SEE:
Year-round, daily visitors: Anna’s, Allen’s
Summer only: Black-chinned
Spring and Fall Migration: Rufous
Rare: Costa’s, Calliope
*Hooded Orioles often visit the feeders to sip nectar.*
This hummingbird camera is located in the foothills of western Texas at roughly 5,800 feet.The feeding station offers up to 30 hummingbird feeders during peak fall migration when the birds are heading south through the arid mountains. At least one dozen species have been observed feeding, including Ruby-throated, Black-chinned, and Rufous Hummingbirds.Researchers from West Texas Avian Research have been banding hummingbirds here for the past ten years to study the status and distribution of hummers throughout the region.
This live cam is not always active. The stream typically starts toward the end of August and runs through early winter. Once the hummingbirds have migrated through the area, the nectar feeders are taken down and replaced with traditional bird feeders. If the stream is not currently live, there should be a highlight video playing. 🙂
The type of hummingbird feeder you can normally see is a Perky-Pet Grand Master (48-ounce).View Cost - Amazon
Cam #3: Laguna Niguel, California
Aryana Hummingbird’s live cam features an Allen’s Hummingbird who lives in the coastal area of Laguna Niguel, California. In addition to Aryana’s comings and goings, you’ll see lots of songbirds, bees, butterflies, and other hummingbirds flitting about, including Anna’s, Black-chinned, and Rufous Hummingbirds!
During mating season (typically early December to mid-June), viewers will have front-row seats to the entire nesting process–from egg to fledge and everything in between. Using her needle-shaped beak, Aryana stitches organic materials into a walnut-size nest. Soon after, she lays two tiny eggs and then incubates her brood. Don’t blink, or you’ll miss out on hatch watch, followed by the exciting day her nestlings take wing and become “jewels of the sky.”
Aryana has plenty of nectar sources from which to choose, including the Gartenmeister Fuchsia in which she builds her nests, and the trumpet-shaped Violet Churcu behind the nectar feeder we highlight when she’s not currently nesting.
Cam #4: YOUR hummingbirds! 🙂
What if I told you it was fairly easy to watch the hummingbirds that visit YOUR feeders? Well, let me introduce you to the…
If you look at the picture above, you will see that the Netvue Birdfy Hummingbird Feeder has a camera built directly into the design. This camera allows you to watch YOUR hummingbirds directly from your phone! 🙂
The app makes it easy to record or capture interesting moments that can be shared quickly and easily. In addition, you can set up notifications to be alerted every time a hummingbird comes to the feeder. The camera is 1080p, which gives incredibly clear video and pictures of the hummers that visit!
Please note the feeder must be close enough to your house to connect to your Wifi to work.
One negative to this hummingbird camera is that you have to recharge the batteries periodically. Netvue says that their battery lasts up to 6 months, but this will vary depending on how many birds visit your bird feeding station and the weather. But there is also an option to buy a small solar panel, which continuously charges the battery for you (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).
In general, flowers that are long and tubular are great for attracting hummingbirds. This is because hummers have no trouble accessing the nectar at the bottom with their long beaks and tongues. Also, bees are not able to get to the bottom of the flower, so hummers don’t have to compete with these insects for the right to feed.
Scott is the creator of Bird Watching HQ. His goal is to inspire you to care more about the birds and wildlife in YOUR backyard. Over the past 5 years, he has been focused on improving the habitat in his own yard by doing things like adding native plants, not using pesticides, etc. He is happy to report that over 50 species of birds have now been seen on his 1.5-acre property (that's in a suburban neighborhood). Learn more about Scott on his About page. And make sure to check out his LIVE bird cameras.