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Hummingbirds at the Feeder

May 24th, 2008

We have a few thirsty hummingbirds that visit the feeders each day.  The only resident species here in Missouri is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  The female in this picture seems to take turns with the male at the feeder many times during the day.  In a few weeks there will be young hummingbirds flying all around, and then it’s like a festival at the feeders with little birds zooming everywhere.   

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

It’s hard to believe these little birds migrate all the way to Mexico and Central America.  It doesn’t seem possible for an animal that weights 1/8 of an ounce, but their tiny hearts beat faster than 4 times each second while resting and more than 20 times per second while flying and feeding.

2 Responses to “Hummingbirds at the Feeder”

  1. Ed Abbeyon 27 May 2008 at 7:25 am

    Just watching a hummingbird seems like a lot of work and gets my heart beating faster.

  2. Beauon 27 May 2008 at 10:22 am

    Me too! But they’re interesting little dudes. I don’t know how they survive on meager flower nectar.

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