Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world. Anna’s weigh about .14 ounce, but they can fly at speeds of up to 60 mph.
Unlike other birds they can fly backwards and upside down, and they are among the 1% of birds who can hover.
Hummers fly upright, not flat like other birds.
Their wings rotate 180 degrees, on their shoulder ball and socket joints,
and can beat up to 200 times per minute!
Despite their petite size, hummingbirds have mega-brains. Their brains constitute 4.2% of their body weight, greater than any other bird, and greater than human beings whose brains are about 2% of their body mass. Hummers remember how to fly thousands of miles, they know and remember which humans can be counted on to feed them, and they remember which flowers have the best nectar.
Cheers to you from the small but mighty hummer~
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Amazing statistics, they are magnificent birds! Thanks, Cindy!
Amazing little buzzers! Gracias John დ
Those are gorgeous Hummers, and images!
So happy you enjoyed them & thank you! დ
Amazing birds and amazing photographs, as usual.
Grazie mille დ
Smiling! Thank you so much დ
Superb captures, Cindy! Love the hummer facts, too. A few years ago, I realized they remember specific plants as one arrived in early spring and hovered near the hooks where I place my hangers off the deck. I went right out and bought them new plants! I make sure that they are in now in place by early May.
Amazing aren’t they. They buzz my office window when the feeder is empty! დ
The small and mighty hummers. They are! Super creatures. The photo’s are amazing Cindy, and the information very interesting.
Ahhh, much appreciated Peter. Thank you As always, a pleasure chatting with you.
♪( ´θ｀)ノHmm hmm hmmm hmm hmm hmmm hmm hmmm (sing, fly, soar like Anna, the pretty hummingbird) ᒄ₍⁽ˆ⁰ˆ⁾₎ᒃ♪♬
ᒄ₍⁽ˆ⁰ˆ⁾₎ᒃ♪♬ You always make me smile my friend დ
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I am so envious of the USA having hummingbirds. Cockatoos are not quite the same, but we do have blue fairy wrens.
I am so envious of your cockatoos and fairy wrens are pure magic and so much fun to follow as they lead me astray!! დ
And we think we are at the top of the evolutionary pyramid! Love this. Thanks.
We are rather stuck up aren’t we!! 😉
I have one female Anna’s coning to the feeder but the Wasps are acting like drunken sailors!
She can hardly sit down for a drink without one of them buzzing her!
I’ve had a few of my Baldies hover above me and I see Osprey hover as well.
Yes, raptors are awesome at hovering. It is one of my favorite things to watch them do, and then they DIVE. Falcons do this too and they are soooo fast. The wasps and bees are problems. I’ve had whole hives encase the feeder. Moving the feeder works. Recently the roadrunners started hunting the hummers at the feeder, I moved the feeder into our inner courtyard, which solved the bee/wasp issue and the hunting problem. Now they are practically in our house. All these photos were taken in the courtyard დ
Hummers are such amazing birds. When I lived in Phoenix I saw one doing his vertical mating flight (dance?) in the middle of a hiking trail. He was not to be deterred by passing humans. When I came back two hours later, he was still there, zipping through his flight pattern. I think of him often and hope he found a mate.
How wonderful that you saw this! It is so incredible to see them zoom to such incredible heights at such speed, and then in a blink of an eye, they are zooming back down at even greater speed, with eyelash precision. They are such skilled pilots დ
Truly amazing birds they are! We have hummers migrating through our area right now. I love watching them at our nectar feeders. Your images are fantastic!
Smiling…. I <3 fellow hummer lovers! დ
These are once more really gorgeous fotos, thank you very much for sharing. LG Marie
I am happy you enjoyed them Marie & cheers to you დ
A lovely post, as always, Cindy! A great way to end my day!!
Sweet dreams Rebecca დ
Phenomenal birds and outstanding photographs. In an echo of Clanmother, this is a great way to start my day!!
Awww…..You make me happy I posted დ
Merci beaucoup Emma დ
Lovely! Thanks for the info too.
You are most welcome & take care დ
The information on the bird is absolutely amazing. As always lovely pictures.
I am very happy you enjoyed & cheers to you დ
What fantastic creatures! They out-perform us on every level.
They do, don’t they!!! Cheeky little guys დ
Gorgeous images of the ummingbirds!! Thanks for sharing, Cindy
Thank you more for your kind appreciation Isabel დ
Wonderful shots, Cindy. I have really missed seeing them since the pandemic has prevented us from enjoying the Minnesota summers for two years now. Hopefully next year.
Thank you & I am hoping with you დ
These are my favorite birds. Your photos are incredible. Every area has different hummers. I love that and all the facts that I did not know about them. Thanks for the enlightenment.
I <3 my friends who <3 hummers! დ
I love hummingbirds. Your pictures are absolutely amazing, Cindy!
Ahhh, honored. Thanks my friend დ
Hummers are beautiful and amazing birds. Thanks for the reminders Cindy. I knew most of this except their large brains and ability to remember routes and good feeding spots. 🧡
The only thing I can remember are good feeding spots!!! 😉
Ha, ha. 😃
hello dear friend, was thinking of you the other day, wondering how you are doing, you must be itching to get some “travel” in. Stay safe.
Thank you for thinking of me and yes, the travel moratorium is getting really frustrating დ
Awesome photos! Great information! I learned a few things from you. Thank you!
You are most welcome & cheers to you დ
Thank you for the info! Hummers are fabulous 💕
They are little flying miracles დ
Had many visits of these little hummingbirds, but since the feeder was in front of the kitchen window I never was able to get a good image of then without reflections of the inside of my house. All I have are memories:)
Yes, the feeder location is quite tricky for photos and varies with the sun during the day დ
Lovely photos Cindy.
Gracie Mille Leslie დ
Beautiful and informative! This bird fascinates me.
You and me both. The more I know them, the more fascinating they are დ
Thank you very much! დ
They are wonderful little creates aren’t they?
They are very special დ
Grazie Gigi დ
Such beauties — thank you for showing them up close, Cindy. I’ve long been fascinated by hummers. Just reading these facts convinces me tiny birdies like these are gifts from a Creator who loves this world!
Flying little harbingers of hope on the wing დ
They are fast and they can hover!
Pretty amazing isn’t it….. დ
Mighty indeed. The relative brain size figure was new to me, and it is impressive. Running a big brain takes a lot of fuel. Come to think of it, hummers need serious brain power to control their swiss-army-knife flight muscles as well as to decide where to go next.
Using a camera well is one of the few things hummers can’t do, but U take care of that.
They are truly incredible creatures in tiny packages! Thank you for your very thoughtful comments. They are much appreciated დ
Unbelievable, Cindy! The info on brain percentages was incredible – but alas, I think it might explain why we have fewer problems with birds than we do have people?
Wow. Humdinger of a bird!
He’s my kind of super model!! დ
I love your hummer photographs. I never expected this birds to live so far up in the north. As a fun fact: In German the word Hummer means lobster and the birds are named Kolibri.
Fascinating…..Colibri is Spanish for hummingbird! დ
We’re blessed to have these beautiful beings hovering outside our 9th floor windows on their way up to feeders and balcony gardens…your captures are stunning, Cindy!
How wonderful they fly up to visit you! დ
Wonderful birds. Thank you for the information.
You are most welcome Beverley & cheers to you დ
God bless you. 🙂
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Thank you & be well დ
Jamaicans have a word for small and mighty: Tallawah. Don’t ask me where it came from, but it’s a mighty compliment. So I must also say this post is tallawah.
Ahhhh. I so love my blogging friends! Thank you so much for this Cynthia. Long live all the tallawahs!!
I love hummingbirds – they seem otherworldly. Perhaps they come from the realm of fairies?
Yes. Definitely. Thumbelina and the fairies are their closest friends დ
What amazing creatures, so small yet such great fliers. Thanks for the amazing pictures and the information.
Thank you so much more for being such a consistently kind and thoughtful person. Stay safe and well my friend დ
So many interesting and astonishing informations about hummers! And such beautiful pictures!
Thank you, dear Cindy.
Have a fine week, and stay safe.
You make me smile my friend. Thank you for caring about the hummers. Love to you and stay safe and well დ
I haven’t seen the hummers in the forest for a few days so it was lovely to see them here. I hear them every day (though not as much as usual) but they have not come to say hello for 3 or 4 days now. Perhaps because of the cooler weather. It has occurred to me to hang a feeder in the bushes where they hang out.
I would definitely try it and please let me know what happens!
An amazing wee bird.
Thank you, Cindy!
Love to you Resa დ
Truly amazing shots, Cindy!!
Honored you think so Donna & stay safe and well my friend დ
Cindy, you probably make the pictures of hummingbird with very high shutter speed, because in the real life you even cannot realize these birds have wings. 🙂
You are right Alexander. Thank you for knowing this. Their wings are way too fast to see with our eyes. I don’t use super fast shutter speed though. I watch them slowly, and rarely can catch their rhythm დ
Cindy, this is a truly delightful post. I love to watch our hummingbirds too. They are some of nature’s wonders. Thanks for this post. ox
Thank you more for caring about the hummers Mary Ann & stay well my friend დ
My pleasure, Cindy. I am watching the bees feast on the flowers. Be well. Enjoy the weekend. ox
I once was working , when suddenly a hummingbird appeared on my window , It was so fast that I couldn’t recognize of it was a butterfly or a bird , unique and so beautiful ❤️
Wonderful! It is so special when they single you out and say hello. დ
You’ve gotten such wonderful details of their feathers! WOW
I just love them completely. Thank you Kathy & be well დ
Beautiful images! Hummers remember how to fly thousands of miles– wow! Amazing!!
And many of them do this twice a year, often across The Gulf of Mexico! დ
Stunning and awesome Hummingbird. To see one is like seeing magic and wonder.
Yes! Thank you. This is what they are დ
Thank for sharing the piece of information to us
Amazing! They and the little chickadees we’re seeing lately seem to be extra good at being birds! 💕
Smiling…… They are extra-ordinary birdies! დ
I’m intrigued by these birds. Wonderful pics.
Smiling. Thank you very much დ
Seem like they know you as family. Of course images are by a master observer.
Your kindness is much appreciated. Birds are the master observers. They always have their eyes on me when I first find them!! Take good care my friend & thank you დ
They are. Yes Cindy i will. Thank you.
Grazie mille დ
Exquisite detail, down to each feather.
Merci beaucoup mon Ami Jennie დ
Extraordinary photos as always! Have a nice autumn. Bye. Kamila
So thoughtful of you Kamila. Thank you დ
After leaving a comment I can put likes on, but before leaving a comment I can’t, how strange. Just know I love all your photographs its been lovely catching up this lunch time.
My blog is beset truly rude gremlins. You are sunshine in a cloudy world Charlotte. You and your new husband are both. So happy to have shared lunchtime with you დ
A few months ago, I was walking with a friend in a local park. I went to the bathroom and found that there was a humming bird in there! The poor thing was fixated on the window, which had a screen over it, and wasn’t able to find the door. It took about half an hour but I was eventually able to catch it in my hand and release it 🙂
Its tiny body was very energetic in my hand but it all went smoothly – Phew!
They get into a hysterical panic. They don’t understand the window or screen and why they can’t get past it. They beat themselves against it until they become exhausted and sometimes die of panic. You saved the bird’s life. Thank you. I know it scared you too. It is such a sad thing to see. Occasionally it happens in our garages, but I am able to go outside, remove the screen and open the window. So good of you to take the time to do this! Hummingbirds are incredible little creatures დდდ