- The average hummingbird's wings beat about 53 times per second, seen by the human eye as a blur.
- The wings move in a figure eight pattern to produce the gravity-defying hover effect for which hummers are famous.
- The energy needs of this little bird are amazing - they must feed every 10 to 15 minutes throughout the day, consuming up to two thirds of their body weight in food.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Calling all Hummingbirds
I have a new hobby. Its a developing hobby I guess. Hummingbird watching. I've been on the prowl for a cool hummingbird feeder for our front yard. We've got 2 plants that attract them in the early evening and I always love watching them. So this week we cooked up humming juice-as Ellie calls it- and set the bait. I watched off and on all day today and finally this evening saw the first one take a sip. He was too quick for my camera, but I'll get him on film sooner or later. Did you know: