Last week we reported the surprise discovery of a hummingbird nest deftly constructed atop an elevated air hose inside Station 41 on Moraga Way. We are pleased to report that the egg has hatched and that the mother is dutifully attending to the hatchling, alternately feeding the latest stationhouse arrival and tending to her nest.
According to resident firefighters and Patch photographer Tom Black, all is well. As is true of all bird species, the mother was not entirely happy to see bipeds milling about under the nest, but no one was attacked and the newborn — as seen in Tom's bird's-eye view — appears to be doing really well after pecking through its egg four days ago.
Although the firefighters refrained from popping any Champagne in celebration —alcohol is not permitted on the premises — they have been thrust into the role of curious onlookers and, at times, cheerleaders as mother and hatchling make their way in the world.
The nest sits about eight feet above the concrete floor of an engine bay and it is necessary to climb a stepladder for a peek-a-boo view. Long lenses ensured peace and quiet for the hummers.
Firefighter/paramedic Jacob Airola said the nest was first noticed about a month ago. Internet research gave the firefighters insight into the gestation of hummers and they adjusted accordingly, Airola said, making sure their guest had full access to the station bay after inadvertently locking her out to respond to a call.
Several Lamorindans have stopped by for a look-see since reading about "Hummer No. 41." Unless you bring your own stepladder — and perhaps sign a liability waiver — you will have to be content with a ground level view.