It's 75 degrees and sunny out there today in the ATL. I think spring is most definitely upon us! As I clean up my patio from the winter (and the house painters who have been working in the 'hood for two months now), I have already gotten excited about the imminent return of my beloved hummingbirds.
DID YOU KNOW...
There are around 360 species of hummingbirds?? Insane! And ALL of those species are native to the Americas!
The intensity of their coloring is not a result of plumage pigmentation, but of how the light hits their feathers at any given time?
They can't walk or hop on their tiny, aerodynamic feet? Their feet are only used for itching, preening, and scooting up and down tree branches.
Their heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute? (Keep in mind, a human's is around 60-80 bpm at rest.)
They can't smell?
Their eggs are smaller than jelly beans?!?!
That, much like myself, they consume half their weight in sugar each day??
In anticipation of the arrival of these little jewels of the sky, I decided to post some of my favorite shots of last year's cuties. I hope to see them all again very, very soon!