“It has finally happened to me. A pair of Olive-backed Sunbirds started building a nest on the branches of my Ficus benjamina ‘Variegated White’ plant on my balcony on the third floor. And I saw the whole nest building process from day one (19th Feb 2011). Part of the nesting materials came from the stem of my orchid.
“The video clip above shows both the male and female sunbirds building their nest on 21 Feb 2011. Most of the work was done by the female bird subsequently.
“After the nest was completed on 1st March, the female bird disappeared for over a week, only to reappear on the 9th March. On 10th March, I noticed she started staying inside the nest throughout the night. I suspected that she had laid her eggs and was incubating them, I peered into the nest to check. She had laid a clutch of two speckled eggs. I’m expecting the eggs to hatch on 22nd to 25th March.
“Where was the male sunbird? He had disappeared for more than a week. The female bird chirped loudly whenever she was about to enter the nest, as if calling out for her mate. But he did not respond so far. She kept quiet only when she was inside the nest.
“On 23rd March, papa bird started appearing near the nest. That evening at 6pm, I was alerted by loud, unusual chirpings and thus went out to see what was the commotion. I spotted papa bird on a branch but did not see mama bird. Later, after he flew off, I realised she was right inside the nest, not her usual position with her head sticking out.
“After she flew off, I inspected the nest by taking a few shots. Indeed, one of the eggs had hatched. I was expecting the other egg to hatch the next day but it hatched on the following day. Both parents took turns feeding the chicks. And the mother sunbird has also been regularly removing the fecal sac from her chicks.
On the morning of 5th April, I was pleasantly surprised to see that papa sunbird also removed the fecal sac from the chicks. I managed to capture a video clip of papa sunbird in action today (above).