Posted by: mrpeatie | June 1, 2011

Thirsty Hummingbirds

If you didn’t know, hummingbirds are pretty bad ass. They are among the smallest birds on Earth measuring in the 3-5 inch range. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12-90 times PER SECOND generating a cool humming sound that gives them their name.

Some other cool tidbits are that they can fly backwards and their forward speeds can reach up to 35 mph. These incredible feats of aerodynamics come at a price though. Hummingbirds expend lots of energy so they must consume more than their own weight in nectar each day which requires them to visit hundreds of flowers daily. Essentially, they are always just hours away from starving to death.

I don’t see many hummingbirds here in Charleston so never really appreciated them much. I was visiting Snug T upstate this past weekend and they live in a rural area and have several bird feeders one of which is specifically designed for hummingbirds. We decided to try to hold the feeders and see if the birds would still come get a drink…

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