Hummingbird photos from FB Hummingbird Whisperer Group

hummer-8Being part of the FB Hummingbird Whisperer Group continues to be very helpful in my post stem cell transplant recovery. This group of hummingbird addicts photographs and attract hummers to their yards. If you join, you will learn a lot about hummers, how to attract them, how to provide nesting material, and what to feed them. 

I really noticed hummers for the first time a few months after getting the stem cell transplant, and I was transfixed! They are so tiny, fluttering around like little helicopters. The males are very aggressive in protecting ‘their feeder’ from other hummingbirds.

Here are some amazing hummingbird facts:

–the nest is the size of a golf ball.

–the eggs are the size of tic tacs.

–the nest expands and stretches to accommodate the growing baby hummingbirds.

–the smallest hummingbird is the bee hummingbird, which is 2 inches long and weighs less than a penny!

–hummingbirds hover in the air and fly backward, like a helicopter helping them to draw nectar from plants more efficiently. Because their wings beat so rapidly, it gives off a humming sound, hence the name.

PLEASE NOTE: if you want to feed or attract hummingbirds,  do not use red nectar. It is dangerous to their health. Instead, make your own nectar with pure cane sugar…here’s the recipe:                                                                                                                                               

4 cups water to 1 cup pure cane sugar. Heat to dissolve the sugar, and let cool before filling your hummingbird feeders…that’s it!

–in the pictures below, one is not a hummingbird…it is a painted bunting. All the pictures are from the FB Hummingbird Whisperer Group. If you are interested in joining, send a request via facebook…you will love it.

 

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