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Now, my husband and I do the same. I have been planting plants that attract hummers for years. But just this week, I've noticed only one. Next week he'll likely be gone as well.
Since hummingbirds are collected by many, I've been painting them on my Functional Art" for several years. I'm showcasing just a few in the blogpost.
Seven Austad from AL.com wrote an excellent article recently called:
Getting high nature's way.
In his story, Steven writes about how hummingbirds migrate to South America:
This remarkable hummingbird flight requires powerful muscles and massive amounts of energy. The pectoral or flight muscles comprise one-quarter of a hummingbird's total weight. They use energy at more than 10 times the rate that elite human athletes use during intense exercise. Energy requires fuel - sugar and oxygen in this case. To meet their energy demands, hummingbirds drink up to several times their body weight in nectar each day, loading their blood with so much sugar that they would be dangerously diabetic if they were human. Oxygen is supplied by breathing 250 times per minute, faster than a dog pants, and passing that air through exceptionally efficient lungs. Oxygen- and sugar-loaded blood is pumped to their muscles, brain, and other tissues by a heart that is five times the size of ours relative to their size. That heart beats a machine gun-like 20 times per second.
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