Hummingbirds are Plentiful!

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Have you noticed how many hummingbirds are out and about lately?  We have three feeders in our yard and they are coming and going and feeding in a frenzy!  I am loving every minute of it.

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I don’t know if you love hummingbirds as much as I do but I am just crazy about them.  If you have ever seen one up close – you will  see that they are just adorable!  My husband attached a feeder to my kitchen window to I could watch them as I cook or wash dishes.  They come up to the window and rest on the little legs that extend out of the bright red feeder.  They cock their little heads this way and that as they look at me.  I try to be very quiet and not bang the dishes and pots too loudly or they will fly away.   Their wings beat at a frenetic pace as they get closer.  You can actually hear the beating sound and feel the breeze.  It is truly amazing!  They are an incredible creation.  God has to be proud of His accomplishment if He could be proud, that is!

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I Binged hummingbirds and here is what I found on Wikipedia site.  I will share some of it with you.

Hummingbirds are birds that comprise the family Trochilidae.  They are among the smallest birds, most species measuring in the 7.5-13 cm (3-5 in) range.  They hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12-80 times per second. They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which sometimes sound 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 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.

Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside certain flowers.  Like bees, they are able to assess the amount of sugar in the nectar they eat.  They can reject flower types that produce nectar that is less than 10% sugar and prefer those whose sugar content is higher.

Most hummingbirds have bills that are long and straight or nearly so, but in some species the bill shape is adapted for specialized feeding.  Some hummingbirds have short, sharp bills adapted for feeding from flowers with short corollas and piercing the bases of longer ones.   The two halves of their bills have a pronounced overlap, with the lower half (mandible) fitting tightly inside the upper half (maxilla).  When hummingbirds feed on nectar the bill is usually open only slightly, allowing the tongue to dart out and into the interior of flowers.’

They are just fascinating creatures that I could watch for hours on end.  Each time I see one at a distance or close up I feel closer to God.  They make my heart skip a beat!

I wrote a poem one day about the hummingbird as I watched them on my deck.  Can I share it with you?

HUMMINGBIRD  

It is as delicate as a butterfly

and graceful as a lark.

Wings beating in a symphonic rhythm

as it maneuvers around each flower,

and dips its beak to draw out the nectar so sweet.

I watch it as it moves so effortlessly.

Its wings beat so quickly it almost seems to stand still.

Its feathers glisten with color and reflect the sun’s rays.

Seeing this bird in its element is to experience pure wonder and joy.

One knows that there is something greater out there

that made the glorious hummingbird.

 

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY!

Thought for the day:   Look out your window and appreciate the wonder of God all around you!

Thank you to Wikipedia for the facts and Wikimedia for the pictures of hummingbirds.

Thank you to all my followers and readers.  I hope you found this post interesting and will stop by again to visit.  I would love to hear from you if you want to drop me a line sometime.

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Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 31 books: 15 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 23 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 2 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon 8 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on a novel and Book 4 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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7 Responses to Hummingbirds are Plentiful!

  1. Lorraine Lavoie says:

    That is a beautiful poem Janice.

  2. Oh my gosh, last week while working, I glanced out my window by my desk and was so surprised to come face to face with a beautiful hummingbird! We both starred at each other for a moment, it was crazy-fun to see his little face with wings fluttering so fast-as he hovered there suspended in air! This was a first for me to see this little creature so close-how amazing!

    • jjspina says:

      I agree they are incredible to watch. I never get tired of seeing them at my window feeder. There are many varieties too. I have seen a ruby throated one and an emerald winged one. Gorgeous!

  3. We don’t get to see hummingbirds, I love your photos. I did see some bull finches in a bush at the side of the road and my brother took a picture on his mobile phone. In Glasgow City Centre we get seagulls but they squawk!

    Best wishes
    Charlotte

    • jjspina says:

      I’m glad you liked my photos. They are incredible. One visited me yesterday on my deck while I was reading. It came within two feet of me and flapped its wings in mid-air and I heard a squeak and looked up to see it. We exchanged looks and it then flew a few feet away to the feeder. What an experience!

  4. Pingback: Hummingbirds are getting ready to leave! | Jemsbooks

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