Avid gardeners are preparing for Spring, which usually means the annual task of pruning and trimming trees and shrubs. And while this is a necessary undertaking, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like people to be careful and check the branches first, in case they might damage or destroy a hummingbird nest by accident.
The tiny birds’ nests are easy to miss, as they are no bigger than a thumbnail (or thimble), and the eggs are no larger than jelly beans.
The government agency shared an informative picture of a hummingbird nest on their Facebook page to help educate people pruning their trees to be on the lookout, especially if there are hummingbirds in their area.