Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Bathing, Fluttering and Licking

Are you one of the many who love seeing these beautiful little creatures flit around with their wings seeming to go 50 miles an hour?
Actually their wings beat aproximately 50-200 flaps per second, depending on the direction their going, their surroundings and purpose of their flight.

These brightly colored and mesmerizing birds can actually fly 30 miles an hour.

I really enjoy putting up Hummingbird feeders but this year I decided to learn a lot more about them.
I'm only going to highlight a few things today.

1. I had no idea Hummingbirds don't drink the water in the bird bath. Rather they bathe in it, cleaning their feathers. They get their hydration from the hummingbird nectar and nectar from flowers.

So I'm getting this bird bath above with a fountain. 
Hummingbirds are really tiny and won't go in a regular bird bath unless it has rocks they can sit on while they bathe or a fountain. The sound of the fountain also attracts them and especially if you have it near flowers that are colorful. 

I'm an affiliate for Amazon and that's where I found the above 3-Tiered Pedestal Water Bird Bath with Fish Design Floor Fountain if your interested in this one or looking at others perhaps.
 It's $39.99 if you have Amazon Prime too and shipping is fairly quick.

You can purchase at the link below and/or look around at others as well.

Bleeding Heart Red
Flowers such as Bleeding Heart and Bee Balm really trip their trigger. And they enjoy the nectar from these types of flowers.
You can find them at your local greenhouse or order them on Amazon:

Bee Balm, Lavender

2. A second thing I learned is Hummingbirds don't drink from the hummingbird feeder. Instead they lick the nectar with their fringed and forked tongues.
Capillary action along the fringe of their tongue helps draw nectar up into their throats so they can swallow.
A hummingbird can lick 10 to 15 times per second while feeding. To me this is kind of amazing and I had no idea.
Hummingbirds digest natural sucrose—the sugar found in floral nectar—in 20 minutes with 97 percent efficiency for converting the sugar into energy.

Hummingbirds need lots of nectar for all the energy they expand flapping those wings and flying.

3. The third bit of information I learned is that in spite of a Hummingbirds little size they are one of the more aggressive birds.
They will regularly attack blue jays, crows, and hawks that infringe on their territory. You may often find you have one dominant Hummingbird that guards all the feeders, chasing intruders away.

Very amazing for such beautiful little birds.
I'll be paying attention to how this plays out here.

One more little tidbit I stumbled upon is: 

Normally Hummingbirds are not native to UK but I did find that two rare Amazilia hummingbirds from Ecuador were an addition to the London Zoo around Easter of 2008 - and the only members of their species on show in Britain. I'm not finding the birds anywhere on their page so perhaps these delicate birds didn't survive captivity. Or they didn't survive the fire that closed the zoo in 2017, only opening again in 2019. Then the Corona Virus. It does seem like a fun place to go though once this virus passes. 

If your aware of any Hummingbirds in UK, England or the like, I'd really like to hear about it. 

Well, I am wrapping up on Hummingbirds for today. I may share more at another time because these birds are definitely of interest to me. Perhaps I'll be quick enough to get some pictures of them. lol
Do share your thoughts in the comments on these delightful birds if you have some where your located and if you have Hummingbird Feeders for them. 

I hope you enjoy the remainder of the day.
Until next time.


#Hummingbirds #Birdbath #fountains #flowers #BleedingHeart

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