By Char Albury
-Sees the Day Photography-
Hummingbirds! Incredible beauty and speed in a bird only 2.3 – 3 grams. That’s only around .11 of an ounce! They are amazing birds, and the only bird that can fly sideways and backwards. At night they go into a hibernation-like state, and it can take almost an hour to recover from that state each morning. It used to be thought that hummingbirds flew constantly. They actually spend a lot of time perching.
Over the past three years I have watched seven Bahama Woodstar nests from nest building to babies leaving the nest. Four of those have been at the exact spot within two days of a year apart. It was an “Awww ” Moment when I observed a Mama feeding her baby in the shrubs after he had left the nest.
I observed the Cuban Emerald and Bahama Woodstar feeding, and nesting, in the same area. They do not get along in very close proximity, but as long as they stay out of each other’s way, they don’t seem to mind. In fact they will perch on the same tree at the same time.
There are a couple of very interesting reads on the Male Iguana Lyretail Hummingbird becoming its own species, and the Bahama Woodstar being sighted in Pennsylvania.
Links – http://news.discovery.com/animals/bahamas-hummingbird-may-become-its-own-species-150212.htm AND on The Bahams Woodstar Hummingbird found in Pennsylvania! http://blog.pennlive.com/wildaboutpa/2013/05/harrisburg_bird_bander_extends.html
It was exciting last winter to have a Ruby Throat in my yard for about three weeks. Every evening at 5pm he would be there. I keep my eyes open for his visit again.