September 14 – HummerBird Celebration in Texas

Posted on September 14, 2013

Herds of elephants and zebras migrate to find food during wet and dry seasons. Pods of whales and “waddles” of emperor penguins migrate north to feed and south to breed. Monarch butterflies and ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate to avoid winter's cold.

During their migration, ruby-throated hummingbirds often appear at hummingbird feeders in Rockport and Fulton (on the Gulf coast of Texas) the exact same day every year! And so there is a celebration to welcome the hummers!

And, boy, what a celebration! Many people like to go bird-watching as a hobby, and the Texas towns welcome these “birders” with boat trips, bus tours, speeches and workshops. This year you can learn how to grow a garden that will attract hummingbirds, about hummingbird “courtship,” or how to photograph hummingbirds. You can watch a video about the “world's most fascinating hummingbirds,” band hummingbirds' tiny little legs, or visit homes whose owners have succeeded in attracting hummers every years.

I always picture hummingbirds sipping nectar, but they also eat tiny insects and spiders. They need to eat insects so that they can get the amino acids and proteins that are missing from nectar. So they are omnivores!

Here are some hummingbird facts:

  • Hummingbirds are the smallest of all birds. The smallest hummer (the bee hummingbird) is just 5 centimeters long (not quite two inches).
  • Some adult hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.
  • Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.
  • Hummingbirds can go into a torpor state when it is cold—but when they are in normal temperatures and they are flying, their teeny little hearts can beat as many times as 1,260 beats per minute!

To learn more about hummingbirds, check out this website or watch the National Geographic Kids video

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