Hummingbirds Happening

By Derek Stoner, Education Program Assistant

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird(presumed adult female) visits a feeder at Ashland Nature Center.
An adult female Ruby-throated Hummingbird visits a feeder at Ashland Nature Center. Photo by Derek Stoner.

VRRMMMMM!  VRRMMMMMM!  What’s that humming  sound?

The namesake sound of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds is beginning to be more noticeable in backyards as families of these feathered dynamos start foraging actively at flowers and feeders.

Juvenile hummingbirds are fledging(leaving the nest) and heading out into the brave new world.  With their wings(beating 60 times per second),  long beak(with extendable tongue), and rapid heartbeat(up to 1,200 bpm!), being a hummingbird is like being born a super-hero!  They can even fly backwards! 

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird hovers while dipping its beak into the sugar water feeder.  Photo by Derek Stoner.
A Ruby-throated Hummingbird hovers while dipping its beak into the sugar water feeder. Photo by Derek Stoner.

Right now while writing this post, there are three hummingbirds outside my window at Ashland.  Two juveniles are at the feeder, and an adult male is perched in a cherry tree nearby.

You are invited to join us for our special hummingbird programs this season at Ashland.   Enjoy these feathered jewels of summer!

Upcoming Family programs through the Delaware Nature Society: Hummingbird Feeders and Flowers – June 26; Hummingbird Banding and Biology – August 21.    See www.delawarenaturesociety.org for more details. 

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