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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Jul 15, 2013 9:27 PM CST
We had a hummingbird rehab expert come and speak at the local botanical gardens, and she left us this sheet with some factoids that I thought I'd share with you.

By the way, if you no longer want to have a life, become a hummingbird rehab specialist. She brought a baby with her, and all of her babies are fed once every 16 minutes. 24/7. She even takes them to any appointments with her in a specially heated box.

So.....
- Hummers can lick nectar at a rate of 12 licks per second.
- They consume half of their weight in sugar and nectar each day. A 160 lb man with the metabolism of a hummer would have to eat 320 quarter pound burgers a day to keep up.
- Hummer eggs are approximately the size of jelly beans. The female lays 2 eggs at a time, about one day apart. She incubates and raises the young by herself. The babies leave the nest 3-4 weeks after hatching and fly immediately once leaving the nest
- There are 338 species of Hummers in the world, most of which are found in So. America. There are 24 in No. America (and 17 in Arizona, just in case you cared!). There are no hummingbirds indigenous to Europe.
-The smallest Hummer is the Bee hummer, from Cuba. It is 2.25 inches long and weighs about 2 grams, or about the same as a dime.
-The largest is a Patagonia Giga from the Andes Mountains. 8.5 inches long and 30 grams (a little over an ounce).
- Their hearts are 2.4% of their body weight and beat 1,260 times per minute.
- The hummingbird's lifespan is up to 12 years, with the average being 3-5 years.
-They can fly as fast as 45mph. They normally flap their wings 78 times per second, but males will increase that to 200 times per second during mating season to attract females.

Pretty dang cool, huh?? Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jul 16, 2013 1:11 PM CST
Interesting info! Thanks for sharing it with us, Sheryl! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Jul 16, 2013 3:23 PM CST
Gladly!!! Green Grin!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 18, 2013 8:29 AM CST
Sheryl: Great information ... very cool and I too thank you for sharing! Thumbs up

I remember a time about 12 years ago when we were vacationing in the Bahama's and I was walking along a pathway to the beach when something began buzzing real fast around my head. I thought it was some sort of bug so I kept waving my hand to keep it away and I finally got a glimpse and saw that it was a little hummingbird, the Bahama Woodstar: http://birds.audubon.org/birds/bahama-woodstar

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LindaTX8
Jul 18, 2013 8:47 AM CST
Wow! I admire what that lady does, but really couldn't do that. Raising butterfly caterpillars is demanding enough for me!
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TennesseeDave
Jul 18, 2013 8:55 AM CST
Thanks for sharing. They certainly are one of the jewels of life on this earth.
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
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sheryl
Jul 18, 2013 3:08 PM CST
LOL, Lin - glad you didn't conk that pretty little guy on the head!

Yeah, she's a real trooper ... she also turns un-hatched eggs over ever 20 minutes. Sheesh.

Glad ya'll enjoyed! The hummers are definitely something special.
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 18, 2013 5:47 PM CST
Oh! Just found this thread. Thanks Sheryl! Pretty neat. nodding Hurray! Hurray!

I surely admire what she's doing but she's a better woman than I. I had enough trouble raising a mockingbird once & swore I would never do it again. Wore me to a frazzle. Sticking tongue out

Here is a site that I found & love. It has more fun facts. I think the most surprising to me was that hummers can barely walk. I never thought about them walking until I read that. I guess that covers hopping too.???

http://www.worldofhummingbirds.com/facts.php
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