You are going to laugh on this one! Last Saturday Night I was intending to meet some friends and one of their friends for dinner. As I have not done this in 30 years or so, I decided to do it right! I went to the Beauty Shop and got a new Gypsy Haircut and set. I got the nails put on. I bought a pretty new blouse and put on make-up. I did not look like a wild woman in the woods anymore! On the way out, I rocked all the hummer feeders to refill the wells. When I got to the new one without a screw on jar-KABOOM-the bottom dropped out and covered me with sugar water all over my hair, makeup and new blouse. As I stood there in shock, bees started landing on my face! Some things are not meant to be. I cancelled my dinner date (as I would need a week to get ready again). I took a hot shower, put old my faded old glory robe and sat with the birds till dark. Enjoy Your Photostudies, links below:
|Female Black-chinned Hummingbird|
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. 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 hummingbirds' 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.
Diet and specialization for food gathering
Co-evolution with ornithophilous flowers
Aerodynamics of flight
Superficially similar birds
Sonation during display dives
Systematics and evolution
Wing structure and colors
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time!