Hummingbird Archive

by: Rick Chapo Bird watching is one of the fastest growing popular hobbies. One of the reasons is it so easy to do since you can sit in your backyard and watch birds such as the hummingbird.Bird Watching Sightings – The Hummingbird When you think of people going bird watching, one tends to get visions of a person standing out in a canyon somewhere. They have a vest, binoculars, writing journal, and so on. While this is certainly a possibility, you don’t have to venture far to become an avid bird watcher. In fact, there is an entire segment of this hobby known as backyard bird watching. You simply sit in the backyard, relax and start paying attention. One of the birds you may well [&hellip

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Birds fly. Their little wings do so much work, beating and beating, keeping their bodies afloat. We admire them in many ways. We try to imitate them. Oh what we would not do to fly!! Most small songbirds fly between 20 and 20 miles per hour.1 And most songbirds have a wingbeat frequency between 10 and 25 beats per seconds. One of our personal favorite backyard birds, the chickadees, have a wingbeat frequency of about 27 beats per second. Slowest Wing Beat Large vultures will often only flap their wings one time per second. Fastest Wing Beat It should come as no surprise to anyone who watches birds that a hummingbird beats its wings the fastest. The title of fastest wing beat goes to a [&hellip

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YAY! We got our first hummingbirds. It took awhile but they are now regular visitors to our wonderfully simple hummingbird feeder (from Birds-Out-Back). OH! They are so adorable…so teenie, tiny… soooo cute. Anna’s Hummingbirds, Calypte anna. I read something interesting about them in my little bird guide for Washington State Birds. “At the beginning of the breeding season in early spring, male Anna’s courtship displays begin. First, they hover in front of the female, then rise high, sometimes they emit a thin, squeaky song, then they execute an arching dive that ends in a loud chirp.” This is almost exactly what the first hummingbird did when he came to the feeder. We were standing on the porch and he came up to us—suspended in air [&hellip

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Anna’s Hummingbird Originally uploaded by lselman Calypte anna, also known as Anna’s Hummingbird, flew into the bird of the day by flying into the tree right by my railing while we were feeding the crows the other day. We spent about an hour identifying it and now we know for certain, it was an Anna’s Hummingbird. How adorable it is… and this photograph is an amazing shot of a mom feeding her chick. They are sweet. Anna’s hummingbird is known as a medium sized hummingbird at about 4 inches long with a wingspan of 5 inches and only weighing between 0.11 and 0.21 ounces! This is a tiny little bird but apparently not so tiny in comparison to other hummingbirds. I got the following cool [&hellip

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