We know their stats are impressive. Among the smallest of birds, they go instantly from 0 to nearly 100 wing flaps per second. They’re the only bird capable of flying backwards. And they can decrease their metabolism to 1/15th of normal to conserve energy when food is scarce.
But put away the paper, and ponder the poetry. If you’ve never simply sat and studied the dances and dogfights, and delighted in the drone of their darting to and fro…this is yet another thing you should add to your bucket list.
Many have helped me enjoy the hunt for hummers. Most recently, Allen and Anna Mary, whose back yard beckons the beaks of bunches of birds—including hoards of hummers. (Their web work is quite wonderful, too. You can enjoy Anna Mary’s here.)
There came a morning in the not too distant past when i didn’t have to: teach Sonday school, do audio, sing in the choir, or take call. So it was the perfect day to go have church with hummers. Let’s all stand and sing number 150 in the Him Book…
Praise the Lord!