I am still enjoying the Spring Migration thru my corner of Texas. Tonight we celebrate the hummingbird. I built my Bird Sanctuary specifically for the tiny birds as I promised Mom before she left. Mom had a passion for these birds long before I 'had time' for anything like that. My work (as a Chef) was all that mattered when I was 'Important' back then. Time has a way of changing things not necessarily in the direction you might have thought.
I no longer cook and I now have time to feed the birds, take my photos, and learn the computer. My life has been enriched beyond measure because of changes that occurred. Because of my Mom's Love for the Hummingbirds and Me, I can now pass all that love and goodness on to all of You who come by here! Share the Love!
Happy Mothers Day to All MOMS!!!!!!!!!!
At Kates Cabin Today:
From my courtyard 3 days ago:
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 hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second (depending on the species). They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings, which sometimes sounds like bees or other insects. A group of hummingbirds is called a "choir." 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. When the nights get colder, their body temperature can drop significantly and thus slow down their heart and breathing rate, thus burning much less energy overnight. As the day heats back up, the hummingbird's body temperature will come back up and they resume their normal activity.  They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph); they are also the only group of birds with the ability to fly backwards.Individuals from some species of hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.
|Female Black-chinned Hummingbird|
For a taxonomic list of genera, see:
For an alphabetic species list, see:
English: Hummingbird in Copiapo, Chile
FROM YOU TUBE SITE:
The Following Photos I took last year and edited in the Picnik Program, which no longer exists.
Of course, one more (or so) great performance: