Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tiny Feathered Friend...

My daughter Bri went to spend the night w/my mom. They were sitting out on the porch chatting, and low and behold, they had a visitor or two to the hummingbird feeder. Bri captured these shots of the little fella.

Did you know:

  • That after feeding and doubling its weight, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird flies nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico during migration. The flight takes about 20 hours
  • The hummingbird cannot walk (it uses its feet for perching), so it has to fly to get about
  • The hummingbird can digest nectar very rapidly and efficiently. The nectar will pass entirely through the hummingbird’s digestive system in less than 20 minutes!
  • Even though they have an extremely high metabolic rate, hummingbirds do not eat until they are full at every opportunity. During daylight hours, the hummingbird will eat frequently for short periods of time. At night, the hummingbird will eat as heavily as the nectar supply will allow. The hummingbird may store a third of its weight in nectar to ensure that it will survive its overnight fast while maintaining its normal resting metabolic rate.
  • While hovering, a ruby-throated hummingbird beats its wings up to 75 times PER SECOND
  • The hummingbird has many other unique features that set it apart as a special witness for God and Creation.

Isn't God's creation magnificent? Such a tiny little miracle!


Marci said...

Great pictures Bri!!!

Ginny said...

Yes, God's creation is truly magnificent!

Tina Leigh said...

I dont understand why you are seeing hummers now....I live in south ga.....I havent had any in a couple family of hummers packed up and moved south. I miss them!