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Hummingbird facts:

  • Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards.

  • It is estimated that a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird takes about twenty (20) hours to fly across the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds have been known to travel 500 miles over the Gulf of Mexico to breeding grounds.

  • A hummingbird can dive up to 60 miles per hour.

  • Hummingbirds can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.

  • A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams. [A penny weighs 2.5 grams]

  • A hummingbird will take about 250 breaths per minute while at rest.

  • A hummingbird's tongue is grooved like the shape of a "W". [they use their tongue to lap nectar...not like a straw!!!]

  • Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.

  • An average sized hummingbird will have about 940 feathers.


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31 comments :

  1. Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great, as well as the content!

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  2. Hummingbirds are really amazing, and so pretty too!

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  3. Annie are not humming birds the most interesting birds! They amaze me!

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  4. They are indeed amazing creations

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  5. Amazing photos. I really loved the slideshow and all the humming bird facts. They are such pretty little things.

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  6. I love hummingbirds! But I still don't have a feeder out there for them...must rememdy that. Love the song too.

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  7. I enjoy these interesting little birds in my garden. None of them would cooperate for today's bird post, though.

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  8. I think that's the only kind of hummingbird that we have here in MI. It's so fun watching and I just wonder how they fly 20 hrs...they are so tiny!! ^_^

    RT

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  9. Imagine I never have seen these little birds only in videos ! never life, must be so cute !
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  10. So, you're a hummingbird lover too. Excellent!

    COLOR DILEMMA

    Yellow or red—which shall it be?
    Red for you and yellow for me?

    Perhaps you’d rather have yellow instead—
    Which leaves me, of course, with handfuls of red!

    Whichever hue you decide to choose,
    I’ll take the other—no one will lose!


    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Flag over USS Arizona

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  11. Ms. Anni mom is so jealous...but she is thrilled to know someone who has good luck capturing the arobatics of the most beautiful Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. We loved the video and the music was perfect.
    Hugs Madi

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  12. lovely shots of sweet funny birds

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  13. I could watch hummingbirds all day long, just love them. You really got some great shots of them. This morning I was watching female and a male drinking from my feeder and the female kept dive bombing at the poor male, she didn't want to share I guess! lol I've only held a hummingbird once and that's when one flew into my front door window...I picked it up and it was as light as a feather, you don't even feel it in your hand. He was a bit stunned but then recovered and flew off:-) xoxo

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  14. hah! you put together a thoroughly entertaining hummingbird production Anni! thanks for the show!

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  15. I love to watch these cute little critters...thanks for the info. Very interesting!

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  16. Anni, wonderful information on hummers. They actually intrigue me. How can a tiny bird have so much energy? Interesting facts. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  17. never had humming birds in our backyard yet. Love the photos Anni.

    Such a beauty!

    My RT link, please come and see.

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  18. Wonderfully done Anni!
    I haven't seen a hummingbird in my yard yet. I'm still hoping.

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  19. Anonymous6/07/2011

    enjoyed this, love you. this is denise-shortybear.

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  20. Great facts! I love the little guys but I only get a rare visitor now and again. they are really amazing birds

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  21. I just love them, and wish we had some in our yard. Friends and I went up above Estes Park at Baldpate Inn to eat last night and enjoyed watching the humming bird outside our window, as well as a red winged blackbird. What a lovely evening.

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  22. They are some of my favorite birds. We had so many when we lived, for awhile, in Colorado..but we don't have but a few just passing thru, here on the plains of West Texas.
    Is it hot there yet? :))
    xo bj

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  23. so beautiful Anni...enjoyed watching it.:-)

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  24. I'm amazed by your stunning humming bird photos. What a great work you have put in this post, and with such a rare result

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  25. Anni! You are so clever! I loved this whole post ... the sequence shots, putting them into a slide show and adding the perfect song; plus giving us some schooling on hummingbirds.

    Thank you for this delightful section. I hope that you have a wonderful day. I posted about seagulls on the Oregon coast for Watery Wideness today.

    Kathy M.

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  26. Amazing little creatures! Thanks for the shots and interesting info. Thanks for stopping by at my RT, too. Enjoy the rest of the week. Stay cool!

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  27. great entry, thank you for sharing!

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  28. Cool video Anni, I like the music you picked for this too. Hummingbirds are fascinating, thanks for all the fun facts about them.

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  29. thanks, Anni for sharing this....twice this summer the Squirrels have emptied my feeder....I have ordered an received another baffle from WBC so this weekend, I'm fixing that problem. Have only seen Hummingbirds a couple of times this year. They usually get more active in July.....I have a Mandevilla planted near the feeder so they have a choice.
    Its is so-o hot here.
    Mama Bear

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