Showing posts with label Hummingbirds Secrets!. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hummingbirds Secrets!. Show all posts

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hummingbirds Secrets-

Hummingbirds Secrets!

   
 -A hummingbird's Tongue is grooved
-They take 150 Breaths per minute
-Their eggs are about the size of a jellybean. 
-Hummingbirds beat their wings up to 50 times per second. 
-They can also fly backwards
-Hummingbirds often use moss in their nests. 
-Did you know? that the female hummingbirds do all the work of nest-building and 
the raising of the young by themselves.
-Did you Know? Female hummers in the West also lead amazing lives. A migrating rufous 
doesn't have to cross the Gulf of Mexico, but her travels are still very impressive. She 
might make it all the way up to southeast Alaska to nest.
-Did you Know? After a ruby-throat baby learns to fly and leaves the nest, its
mother may feed it for another week, but then its on its own. In the fall, a ruby-throat
begins the southern ward journey purely by instinct.
-Did you know that hummingbird feed on nectar and sugar water, but they also 
eat lots of insects too.  
-Did you know a hummingbird nest is about the size of a thimble. They measure
about 2inches across and 1inch deep. 
-Did you Know the oldest known the Ruby-Throat hummingbird lived 
about 9years and 1month
-The north America's Rufous! hummingbird is the feistiest hummer
-That the Ruby-throat hummingbirds prefer to feed on orange or Red flowers.
-Did you know that hummingbirds are some of the most flasy fliers you'll ever see
-Hummingbirds feed on the crocosmia, which is actually the bulb of the flowers
-The Juvenile male and female ruby-throats look very similar. Males will usually get their 
full red gorgets during their first winter. 
-That hummingbirds nest are the size of a ping pong ball
-The magnificent hummingbird was known as the Rivolis hummers until the name was 
changed in 1980.
-Female ruby-throat hummingbirds feed on insects to feed to their young because
they are a good source of protein.
-The average hummingbird nest  is about 2inches in diameter. 
-Hummingbirds wings move in a figure-eight pattern. This allows the birds
to hover and fly in all direction and even upside down!
-That even at rest a humming birds heart rate is eight times faster than that of a human.
-Hummingbirds have 40 to 60 taste buds As humans possess about 10, 000
-Hummingbirds do not migrate in flocks. they fly alone
-Hummingbirds beat their wings about 50 times a second, so they
 
appear as a blur sometimes to the human eye.
-Hummingbirds tongues have grooves on the sides to help them catch insects to 
feed their young and for themselves
-Hummingbirds have 1,500 on a average of feathers
-Hummingbirds have weak feet and legs. They use them only for
perching and preening.
-While resting a hummingbirds takes 250 breaths per minute.
-Hummingbirds can't fly until their body temperature reaches 86degrees.
-Hummingbird have large flight muscles about 25% of their body weight.
-Hummingbirds are named for the sound their wings make while the fly.
- To survive, hummingbirds must almost drink twice their own weight in
nectar everyday.
-The Cuban Bee Hummingbird is the smallest warm blooded animal in the World.
The male Cuban Bee Hummingbird weights less than a dime!
-Hummingbirds show they are on guard by ruffling their crown feathers.
-The oldest known hummingbird on recorded was an 14 year old hummer.
-Male hummingbirds don't help raise their young.
-Did you Know, It would take 150 average size male hummingbird to equal an
regular 1pound bird.
-Did you know that thanks to the excellent memories of the
hummingbirds often return to the same flowers of feeders year after year.
More Hummingbird Secrets!
-Did you know that if you give the hummers a special Treat overripe
cantaloupe? Put it out of the hummingbirds. They'll devour it in stead of it going to waste.
-Did you know ~ remember you successes ~ If you've had alot of luck luring
hummers with Cannes or bee balm, stick with them. Don't waste money on other plants
that wont work well.
-Did you know that the hummers love RED! Go RED~
While flowers  are ideal just about anything that is RED will interest the hummingbirds.
Attach leftover ribbons, bows, pieces of an old scarf or even artificial flowers to your feeder.

-Did you know that you can make your own sugar water for your feeders.
Don't buy it at the stores. Remember all it takes is 4 parts water to 1 part white sugar. Boil it,
cool it, and voila! No need for store - bought nectar skip the Red food coloring too. Its not 
necessary. 
-Be patient and Relax. It doesn't cost anything to take a seat in your and Enjoy the 
sights and sounds and with luck the hummingbirds will come!
-Choose wisely! If you place your feeders in the shade, you'll get less algae growth,
So you wont have to change the sugar water nearly as often
-Double up Save time and money by giving your old tooth an new life; 
use it to scrub those hard to reach parts of your feeders. 

Did you Know?
Here are some cool facts about Pollinators that are good for 
~Your Garden~

3-Want to help the pollinator population?
Here are three way to do it:
-Reduce your use of pesticides
-Plant Native flowering Plants
-Tell  a friend. Educate your neighbors
and community about how
pollinators may be in trouble.
1,000- About a thousand plants we rely on
worldwide require pollinators, including
those that grow our food, beverages,
spices and Medicines!
Think Coffee & Chocolate!
75- An overwhelming proportion of flowering
plants at least 75% depend on pollinators for
fertilization.
9- Nine common creatures are considered
pollinators - birds, bats, butterflies, moths,
flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals
and Bees! Other animals as well as the wind
can carry pollen from flower to flower too!
90- The Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit
dedicated to protection of pollinators and their
ecosystems says that some species have
seen a 90% population decline in the last
decade. Honey Bee's are of the most
particular Concern!
2- We need a pollination refresher?
Its the movement of pollen from one flower to a second,
and essential step for plants/ flowers/herbs and fruit trees to
develop fruit and the seeds needed
for Reproduction!
16- Lastly Pollinator Week is June 16-23 of this MONTH!
VISIT pollinator.org TO
CELEBRATION NEAREST YOU!

I hope you all Enjoyed my new post on Hummingbirds 
and Pollinators. As you all probably know by now I love
hummingbirds and have a love for the Gardens and Earth too

I hope that I have inspired you all too and given you lots
of helpful hints for you gardens .
I love you all my dears friends and followers 
and feel free to add your thoughts and if you would like you
can add to my post too. 
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