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Humming Birds

  We don’t have these beautiful birds in Australia unfortunately . I think they are amazing.
The woman is Abagail  Alfano of Pine, Louisiana.  As  they migrated, about 20 hummingbirds were in her yard.  She took the little red dish, filled it with sugar water and this is the result.  – she had been studying them daily and one morning put the cup from the feeder (with water in it) into her hand.  Since they had gotten used to her standing by the feeder they came over to her hand.   She says in touching they are as light as a feather. 
This is taken from Wikipedia Hummingbirds are birds that comprise the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second (depending on the species). To conserve energy while they sleep or when food is scarce, they have the ability to go into a hibernation-like state (torpor) where their metabolic rate is slowed to 1/15th of its normal rate.[1]They are also the only group of birds with the ability to fly backwards.[2] Their English name derives from the humming sound made by the very fast beating of their wings. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph).[3]

17 comments on “Humming Birds

  1. A Dog With Fleas
    October 2, 2012

    I am so lucky to have them in my backyard too. They are such beautiful creatures!!

    • Judy
      October 2, 2012

      You are lucky I would love to see a real one in action. 🙂

      • A Dog With Fleas
        October 2, 2012

        I was so surprised at first when I saw one. I have a Bird Feeder in my back yard and it made it all worth while! 🙂

      • Judy
        October 2, 2012

        I love feeding the birds too. It is so lovely isn’t it? 🙂

      • A Dog With Fleas
        October 2, 2012

        It sure is!! I have the bird feeder outside I can see from my kitchen sink window!! It is the only thing that makes washing dishes fun; watching all the birds!! 🙂

  2. thehappyhugger
    October 2, 2012

    They are absolutely beautiful!

  3. Barb
    October 2, 2012

    I gasped when I looked at the photo. How cool is that. I only have 2 and they fight like crazy.

  4. sharechair
    October 2, 2012

    That is amazing. I’ve tried many times to attract hummingbirds, but I’ve never been successful. I tend to attract wasps to the sugar water, instead!

  5. FeyGirl
    October 2, 2012

    oh how AMAZING! i sure wish we had more here…

    and how wonderful of her to help them on their insanely long migration… they DESPERATELY need this sugar for their non-stop 500-mile-flight across the Gulf of Mexico! AMAZING little creatures!

  6. novareylin
    October 2, 2012

    What a fabulous picture to wake up to! 😀

  7. strawberryindigo
    October 3, 2012

    Hummingbirds are marvels to be sure. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Judy
      October 3, 2012

      my pleasure 🙂

    October 3, 2012

    Well what miracles surround us!

  9. russtowne
    October 4, 2012

    We have a bunch of hummingbirds and love them. Thank you for the interesting post and beautiful photo.

  10. Pingback: The Humming Bird | Source of Inspiration

  11. Kristin Barton Cuthriell
    December 3, 2012


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