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Betty and I live in Corrales, New Mexico with our Golden Retriever Jessie.

We Love Our Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds  are native to the  Americas  and are the smallest of birds, most species measuring 3–5  inches in length. The smallest  hummingbird species is the 2.0  inch  Bee Hummingbird, which weighs less than 0.07  oz. The largest hummingbird species is the 9.1   inch Giant Hummingbird, weighing 0.63–0.85  oz.

They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating  wings, which flap at high frequencies audible to  humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from around 12 beats per second in the largest species, to in excess of 80 in some of the smallest.

With the exception of  insects, hummingbirds while in flight have the highest  metabolism  of all animals – a necessity to support the rapid beating of their wings during hovering and fast forward flight.  Their  heart rate  can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute. During flight, oxygen consumption per gram of muscle tissue in a hummingbird is about 10 times higher than that measured in elite human athletes.

Hummingbirds are rare among vertebrates in their ability to rapidly make use of ingested sugars to fuel energetically expensive hovering flight, powering up to 100% of their metabolic needs with the sugars they drink (in comparison, human athletes max out at around 30%). Hummingbirds can use newly-ingested sugars to fuel hovering flight within 30–45 minutes of consumption.

By relying on newly-ingested sugars to fuel flight, hummingbirds can reserve their limited fat stores to sustain their overnight  fasting  or to power migratory flights. Studies of hummingbird metabolism address how a  migrating  Ruby-Throated Hummingbird  can cross 500  miles of the  Gulf of Mexico  on a nonstop flight.  

Probably more than you ever wanted to know about hummingbirds, but we love our little birds who migrate every Spring from Mexico and who stock up on sugar water from our feeder.

More Monday

Despite our best efforts, Monday rolls around again every seven days.

Let’s start with jabs at COVID. I want one of these chairs…

So true…

We were in Albertsons just yesterday…

If you can, look at the fine print…

Biggest loss of all…

Works for me…

Now for some ‘normal’ humor if you can call these ‘normal.’ This is an actual National Park Service poster. I’ve always heard it’s best not to be the slowest one in the group…

Work off a few calories, take on a few calories, work off a few calories…

Can you get a leash for one of these things?…

More information if you get the seeds in your mail…

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

Wonder if he knows what is behind his cab?…

Words fail me…

God’s Garden

We know that other parts of the country have beautiful wildflowers, especially where our friends, Bob and Molly, live in Ohio. But, God didn’t forget the high desert.

In addition to the blooms in our yard, one of the native plants, Desert Willow, is in full bloom and blooms most of the summer.