You know you might need a little more excitement when you are bird watching, with camera in hand. But, I love these little creatures! This weekend our feeder fell and cracked. The thought of these little guys going without food sent me immediately to the hardware store! Another hummingbird watcher told me this yellow feeder was the best! He was right!
Interesting hummingbird facts:
  • the hummingbird is the smallest bird and also the smallest of all animals that have a backbone.
  • a hummingbird has no sense of smell
  • during migration, some hummingbirds make a non-stop 500 mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico.
  • during courtship dives a hummingbird can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour and can average speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour.
  • hummingbirds can beat their wings up to 80 times a second during normal flight and up to 200 times per second during a courtship dive
  • a hummingbird has a heart rate that can reach up to 1,260 beats per minute
  • percentage wise, the hummingbird has the largest brain of all birds (4.2% of its total body weight
  • Hummingbirds have an average life span of about 5 years.

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