March 17, 2017 12 Comments
On a recent trip to California we got lucky and saw some spectacular hummingbirds. They are a favorite! Hummingbirds are incredibly beautiful and full of personality. In flight their wings beat at least 50 times per second, which sounds like a buzz when they zoom past you in the garden. Forward flight speed reaches 30 mph, and dive speeds reach 60 mph!
Hummingbird nests are constructed of plant material bound together with sticky, stretchy spider webs. Lichens are attached to the outside of the nest for camouflage. Mother hummingbirds lay two eggs. Although each egg is less than ½ inch long and smaller than a jellybean, they represent as much as 10% of her body weight. These little flying jewels are precious! More fun facts about hummingbirds are at: https://www.thespruce.com/fun-facts-about-hummingbirds-387106 A live cam on Bella’s current active hummingbird nest is at: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/bella-hummingbird-nest