DEAR JOAN: A few weeks ago, I noticed a hummingbird nest with a resting hummingbird in a tree outside the sliding glass door to my backyard. The nest was built on a low-hanging branch about 9 feet above the ground.
I checked the nest several times a day and even at night. The hummingbird was almost always there, although from time to time it would fly off for a few minutes and then return to the nest. I assumed that it flew off for a quick bite to eat and sip of something or other.
I checked on the Internet and learned that hummingbirds usually lay two eggs that hatch after about 11 to 14 days. However, after about a week and a half of monitoring the nest in my yard, the hummingbird disappeared and never returned. I got up on a ladder to look in the nest, and nothing was there -- no eggs, egg shells or debris of any sort. Except for a few feathers, the nest looked clean.
I hope you can solve the mystery of the missing mama hummingbird and her deserted, empty nest. After the rain last week, part of the nest washed out of the tree. I am, of course, quite disappointed.
DEAR DIANE: I can understand why you would be disappointed. There are a couple of reasons for the missing eggs.
The bird may have had all of the brooding instincts but failed to produce any eggs.
With the nest empty, she would have flown away, possibly to build another and try again. Hummingbirds typically have only one brood each season, but they may try again if things don't work out. But they won't reuse their nests.
DEAR JOAN: When can we expect Mother Goose's eggs to hatch?
DEAR JILL: Mother Goose, who is nesting on the Contra Costa Times roof, has been sitting on the nest for about three weeks. The eggs could start hatching by the end of the month, just in time for Easter.
Keep an eye on her at www.ustream.tv/channel/mother-goose-2013.
A 25-year-old horse was taken from her pasture near Patterson Pass Road in Livermore on March 8. The horse is black, has a
Because of her age, she was pretty much just a big pet for her owner and the owner's niece. They are both heartbroken and hope someone can help find her and make sure she is returned home safely. She was in a fenced area with another horse and cattle, but she was the only animal taken.
If you have information, please contact the Alameda County sheriff's crime tip hotline, 510-667-3622.
Cat needs a home
Kiki, an adult silver point longhair Balinese cat is in need of a loving home. Her adoptive mom is leaving soon to work overseas and plans to give Kiki to someone else fell through.
Kiki is about 10 years old and is very loving. She is not used to other animals so she needs a home with no other pets in it. If you can help, or for more information and a picture, contact Leona at email@example.com.
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