A pair of Nectarinia jugularis or Yellow-Breasted Sunbirds (also known as Olive-backed Sunbirds) have been busy building a nest underneath the pergola out in my courtyard.
They have chosen a spot right over the stairway leading down under the pergola to the courtyard garden. Can you spot it hanging like a chandelier from the cross-beam of the pergola?
It's mainly been the female building the nest, but I have seen the male flying in and out as well. I'm assuming he's helping, although perhaps he's just checking that everything is to his satisfaction. Anyway, they have been using all sorts of materials, like feathers, pieces of paper, pieces of bark, grasses and leaves, to create the spindle-shaped nest hanging off a Petrea volubilis vine.
Sunbird nests are quite distinctive. They're long and pendulous, with a long trail of material hanging from the bottom. But what's more fascinating to me, is the little extension added onto the entrance. A little hood is attached over the entry and it's rather like a little porch roof to me.
Here are the before and after shots.
Before the porch roof ...
... and after. It seems they've also added a lovely soft, fluffy 'welcome' mat!
I'm joining Mary for Mosaic Monday