Hey guys! Do you see what I see? There’s a hummingbird on the feeder. Yep, it’s that time of year again…time we bid adieu to our favorite feathered friends. They’re heading south to places like Mexico and Central America to spend the winter. Wow! That sure is a long ways away!
I think this guy came from up north some place and made a pit stop on our feeder. I bet he’s glad to be able to refuel. He sat for the longest time drinking…filling his tank so he can continue his journey south.
Do you know a lot about hummingbirds? I didn’t. So I consulted Mr. Google and found these fun facts.
- Hummingbirds can fly as fast as 30 mph.
- They got their name from the humming noise their wings make, flapping on average about 80 times per minute.
- They’re the only birds that can fly backwards and upside down.
- Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but they have very good eyesight and hearing.
- Hummingbirds have tongues which are flat and split at the tip, like a fork.
- A hummingbird weighs less than a nickel.
- Their feet are really weak and are only used for perching and scratching.
- On an average day, a hummingbird will consume twice its body weight.
- Despite their size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive birds.
- Hummingbirds migrate alone and not in flocks. The male usually migrates first, followed by the female.
Wow, you’re one interesting bird, little hummer! Drink up, buddy…and have a safe flight. We’ll miss seeing you around…so make sure you come back next year.
(Sorry about the poor quality photos…these were taken through the window so we didn’t scare the hummer away.)