Magical Hummingbirds

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Are you stressed out?

This video of hummingbirds will put a smile on your face and lower your blood pressure.

One hummingbird is so tame, it sits on a man’s head. Another is given a bath under the faucet!

(I suggest you lower the volume before you click on the video. I found the accompanying “music” quite annoying.)

Did you know that hummingbirds are native to the Americas?

I also didn’t know that hummingbirds have long lifespans for organisms with such rapid metabolisms.

Although many hummingbirds die during their first year of life, especially in the vulnerable period between hatching and fledging, those that survive may occasionally live a decade or more. Among the better-known North American species, the average lifespan is 3 to 5 years. The longest recorded lifespan of a hummingbird in the wild is a female broad-tailed hummingbird that lived for at least 12 years.

Here’s bonus video that I’d posted before, but I never get tired of watching it.

H/t Shireen

~Eowyn

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7 responses to “Magical Hummingbirds

  1. Beautiful birds. Thanks for the video.

     
  2. GOD, You are so great! Thanks.

     
  3. Thank you Dr. Eowyn. Every time I encounter a hummingbird I can’t help but feel blessed.

     
  4. We have a feeder on our deck under the eave. I keep it clean & stocked with fresh nectar. 3 of them hang out all yearlong, even in the very cold & rainy northern Ca. winter. They are a delight, we also have several tribes of birds that come in all year long to feast on the seed assortment we have on a table in the yard.

     
    • Excellent, Carl! I could clearly picture your yard & delightful birds. We have feeders in a front, side yard, just off a front porch/near a domed, iron grape arbor/small outdoor dining area. Beside, I installed a small lotus recirculating fountain. I can see it out my living room window, or if I’m using the arbor to dine, or sitting on my front porch swing. We delight in the Hummingbirds that come to drink or use my garden blooms, in addition to other bathing birds & drinking honeybees (PS…I’ve NEVER been stung in over a decade of providing water for this colony of bees that lives in my backyard ….I can walk among them w/no gear in order to service/add water to the fountain…& they part/allow me without threat. I am still on “alert” & don’t take it for granted…but also still find this situation ODD). We even have Toads who live nearby& use the water in the fountain. Unfortunately, we are also home to, variously—–Garden snakes, ground squirrels, skunks, a raccoon family, ever-present moles, voles, mice, some rats at times, all kinds of Hawks (nicer ground-scavenging doves and crows), and ever-present oppossums. We’ve chased off more than a few coyotes. We don’t live in a “city” but we’re in a neighborhood of large lots, which includes many people & household pets, nonetheless. Busy place. Nature STILL lives all around us, even if we think we’re “all alone & gentrified.” Anyone who sets up feeders/a water source and knows when to observe for nature/life, understands my point. If I were a practicing physician, I’d prescribe this for lowering anxiety & blood pressure, etc…… Too bad they don’t do so—a loss on so many levels…..

       
  5. I’m so jealous! I feed dozens of birds, but haven’t seen hummingbirds yet. I like the one hummingbird trying to feed through the orange hat’s ventilation holes.

     
  6. I’ve only seen one hummingbird since I’ve been here in OK. Use to see them frequently in eastern WA at my dad’s place. Maybe I’ll try a feeder for them this year.

     

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