They are fantastic and beautiful little birds. My wife and I really enjoy watching them. I took some pictures later in the day yesterday of the hummingbirds at our feeder that is just outside the kitchen window. I thought that you would enjoy looking at them. Just before I started to write this blog, there were six of them sitting on the feeder at one time. No, I didn't try to take a picture, just enjoyed watching them. OK, here are some pictures:
I didn't explain every picture as I usually do because, well, they are self explanatory.
These small birds are extra-ordinary for sure. Their brilliant color is not from pigmentation. It is caused by iridescence. It seems the feathers are arranged in a manner that causes this affect and it is enhanced by light level and moisture, among other things. Did you know that they cannot walk or hop? They can only scoot sideways while they are perched. Since they are in the air most of the time, they have small feet and these feet were not made for walking. And did you know that a nickel weighs more than a ruby-throated hummingbird?
They do seem to be able to fly really fast, darting here and there so quickly, but actually, their top speed is only 30 miles per hour, unless they are in a steep dive and then can double that speed. Their heart beats more than 1200 beats per minute and even at rest, they take an average of 250 breaths per minute. What amazes me is how such a small bird can fly non-stop across the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to either Mexico or South America.
I could go on and on about these super little birds, but I don't want to bore you so will say, you all have a great day, you hear?