They’re back! One of the things I love so much about spring and summer are the arrival of the ruby throated hummingbirds. Here in Kentucky they arrive from their winter homes in April and stay with us until mid-October. They are so much fun to watch! Did you know hummingbirds can fly backwards? They are amazing to watch in flight and put on quite the acrobatic show! We have many close encounters with our birds. So many in fact that my family and I have studied them for the past 10 years.
It all started when a close friend of mine gave me three little hummingbird feeders for my birthday. I brought the feeders home not really expecting to see any birds but boy, was I wrong! I had many hummers and I also had a new passion in my life. I began to feverishly study all the material I could get my hands on about hummingbirds and in particular, ruby throats, since that is what we see in my area.
I was amazed to learn that hummingbirds actually have super fast metabolisms. So fast, in fact, that they live on the brink of death! All that zooming and zipping causes them to need a constant supply of food. Read More