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A bit cooler today but still that darn humidity! You THINK you are cool until you are sweating like crazy!
ALL ABOUT HUMMERS
Who doesn't enjoy the beautiful glimpse of these beautiful birds? We hope you enjoy these gorgeous photos and facts about hummingbirds.
A hummingbird's heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute and 250 times per minute at rest.A hummingbird's heart is 2.5% of the total body weight.A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant. Hummingbirds have very weak feet and can barely walk. They prefer to fly.Hummingbirds like to perch and spend most of their life perching.
The hummingbird's body temperature is around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.Hummingbirds are on average 8.5 centimeters long from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail.A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams.(A penny weighs 2.5 grams).30% of a hummingbird's weight consists of flight muscles (Humans pectoral muscles are about 5% of body weight).Female hummingbirds are usually larger than male hummingbirds.An average sized hummingbird will have about 940 feathers.Females find iridescent feathers attractive.
A hummingbird wings will beat about 70 times per second and up to 200 times per second when diving.Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards.Hummingbirds can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.A hummingbird can fly an average of 25-30 miles per hour.
On today in American history, people in gardens everywhere were talking about:
1789 Congress founds US Treasury
1945 Japan surrenders: Allies celebrate V-J Day
1959 Ford introduces the Falcon
1969 First ATM opens for business
1973 J.R.R. Tolkien dies
1991 Connors wins the US Open on his birthday
1996 Michael Jackson earns his 12th and final solo #1 hit with "You are not alone"
2012 Days after Isaac, flooding and outages continue