Darn these flying wizards! They are really trying my patience. Not only are the birds themselves difficult, but I've had to contend with big clouds appearing right when I get my shutter speed adjusted for bright sun. Yesterday the clouds went in and out continuously, putting my manual skills to the test for sure. The whole process wears me out!
|If the sun is not hitting the gorget (neck area) just right, it looks black. But it really is a bright, flaming red. |
One of these days I'll be able to show that. Even if it kills me.
|Please forgive the store bought nectar. I read recently that the red dye is not good for them. |
I have pledged to make my own sugar water this week. And clean the mold off the feeder.
|Yeah, yeah, stop your yammering and get rid of the mold already!|
Here are a few from my Dana Point, CA trip last year:
Interesting hummingbird facts:
- Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed.
- The brain is 4.2% of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.
- They have tiny hairs on the tip of their tongues to help lap up nectar.
- A hummingbird heart beats up to 1260 times per minute and about 250 times per minute at rest.
- The wings of a hummingbird will beat about 70 times per second.
- A hummingbird will visit an average of 1,000 flowers per day for nectar.
- They have very weak feet so they prefer to fly.
- Hummingbirds weigh between 2 and 20 grams (a penny weight 2.5 grams).
- Their metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.
- The average life span is 5 years and some can live more than 10 years.
- They can fly forward and backward, hover, fly sideways and even upside down.
- A hummingbird's wings can rotate in a full circle.
- It takes 20 hours for a ruby-throated hummingbird to fly across the Gulf of Mexico.
- Hummingbirds are very smart and remember every flower they have been to and how long it will take a flower to refill.
More interesting facts can be found at World of Hummingbirds.