SUMMARY: Tika loved the snow.
Her whole life, people's first impression of her was, "She looks like a wolf!" (Or, when younger and scrawnier, a coyote.) I didn't always see it, but sometimes--yeah.
Housekeeping, Hummingbird Style
With two nestlings eating and growing in the nest, how does the mother keep the nest clean? What happens to the fecal droppings of the nestlings?
At one nest that was observed, the mother had lined up the nestlings’ fecal sacs in a row on a branch just above the nest. But generally, the mother either eats the feces, or she removes them and drops them at a distance from the nest to avoid attracting predators to the nest area. When the nestlings are mature enough, they back up to the nest’s edge and expel their feces over the side. Most species of perching birds manage nest sanitation in a similar fashion.