If You Love Hummingbirds, You Will Love This Documentary

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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.

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6 thoughts on “If You Love Hummingbirds, You Will Love This Documentary

  1. The Hummingbirds here in Northern Ontario, Canada have left around 2 weeks ago. I agree it is sad to see these marvelous birds take flight for warmer conditions, but they like clock work return each summer to delight our days with the whimsy of their flight… Great blog .. Take care, Laura

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Laura, and I, like you, relish the fact that they will be back again next year. Their disappearance is a much a kick-start into fall and winter bird residents and their return signals the coming of spring. Cheers!

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