Hummingbirds


Merry Meet!

I’ve just had a close encounter with a Hummingbird! Well, it seemed that way. I was taking a nap on my couch and was startled awake (although in my dream I thought I was awake) by my dream, all of a sudden there was a little brown hummingbird trying to get in my living room window! Only my living room window in my dream was about a foot away from my face. I found myself sitting up on my couch looking at the windows for the little bird when I slowly realized it was a dream. Talk about smh for a bit lol.

Aside from my dream, I kept coming across a live feed of Hummingbirds on my Facebook. You can follow me if you want to! 🙂

BASIC FACTS ABOUT HUMMINGBIRDS

Hummingbirds are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers. Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise. Hummingbirds can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down. They are also able to hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern. They have a specialized long and tapered bill that is used to obtain nectar from the center of long, tubular flowers. The hummingbird’s feet are used for perching only, and are not used for hopping or walking.

Hummingbird, © Matthew B. Propert

© Matthew B. Propert

Diet

Hummingbirds primarily eat flower nectar, tree sap, insects and pollen.

The hummingbird’s fast breathing rate, fast heartbeat and high body temperature require that they eat often. They also require an enormous amount of food each day. Hummingbirds have a long tongue which they use to lick their food at a rate of up to 13 licks per second.

Population

It is difficult to estimate population numbers since there are many different species spanning a large geographic area.

Range

Hummingbirds are found only in the Western Hemisphere, from southeastern Alaska to southern Chile, although most live in the tropics. There are more than 300 species of hummingbirds, 12 of which summer in North America and winter in tropical areas.

Behavior

Like other birds, hummingbirds communicate via visual displays. Hummingbirds are very territorial and have been observed chasing each other and even larger birds such as hawks away from their territories.

Reproduction
Gestation: 13-22 days.
Clutch size: Between 1-3 eggs.
The young start to fly in 18 to 30 days.

Courtesy of Defenders of Wildlife

Hummingbird As a Spirit Animal…

Ecstatic, love, happiness, beat of life, miracle of joy of living, shows endurance so you don’t burn yourself out, teaches ability to heal, enhances awareness with an ability to move and act accordingly. Hummingbird shows how to accomplish what seems impossible and how to bring the miracle of joy back into your life. Do you need to bring more color and vivaciousness into your life? Are you extracting the joy throughout your day? Hummingbird reminds us to find that happiness in all things.

I love this! And I like the site I got the information from. I don’t even mind getting startled awake by my tiny feathered friend but startled I was… it was so real that it seemed like I was ‘seeping’ back into my body after I awoke sitting up. It was like I was sitting up and still laying down at the same time. And looking at my windows all confused but waiting for the hummingbird to come back. lol

Until next time… Blessed Be… Saila

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