Opening Photo credit: PBS Nature
Forked Tongue of the Hummingbird
“They live right at the edge of an energetic trade-off between how much fuel they need to power their flight and the flight they need to find more fuel.“ ~ PBS Nature, Super Hummingbirds
These tiny, fabulous birds have fascinated me since I first saw one when I was a kid. We tend feeders during the migration of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird here along the Gulf Coast, and when they’ve moved on — sadly, as of this week — we miss them terribly.
Observing hummingbirds at a feeder station from the comfort of a back porch swing is better than Reality TV. Take that, Kim and Kanye.
For a short time, PBS Nature is streaming ‘Super Hummingbirds’ on-line. (Clicking the link will take you away.) You won’t want to miss it like I somehow did on live TV. Gotta love streaming on-line!
Interesting Facts about Hummingbirds:
♥ Super slo-mo taken at 600 frames per second shows that hummingbirds wings are more like flexible wrist/hands.
♥ In order to keep from starving in their sleep, hummingbirds go into a hibernation mode daily called torpor. Some even snore in their sleep.
♥ Some flowers have evolve a unique yet dangerous relationship with the bill-shape-size-length of specific hummingbird species for their propagation. Without their ‘specialist’ pollinator, many plant species would simply go extinct.
♥ Many hummingbird species travel more than 1,000 miles between their wintering grounds to the south to breeding grounds in the north.
♥ Hummingbirds are only found in the North/South American continents.
♥ They are the only bird that can fly backward and upside down.