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Hummingbirds Fly Zone

Hummingbirds Fly Zone in Louisiana

The lady in these pictures is Abigail Alfano, and she lives in Pine, Louisiana (North of New Orleans).  What is interesting is that she lives in a Hummingbird fly zone.  As the birds migrate they land in her garden.  She took a little red dish and filled it with a sugar solution and here is what happened:

Hummingbird

It is in the month of September that these Hummingbirds are on the move, and they need sugar to give them the energy to complete the migration.  Normally, they would feed from the nectar of plants, but clearly they prefer the more concentrated sugar solution that Abigail provides for them.

Hummingbird fly-zone

Will and Guy love the Hummingbird's red throats.

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Hummingbirds in Louisiana

It is the wings that give the 'Humming bird' its name.  As hummingbirds go, this is quite a large species, nevertheless, even these can eat their own body weight in nectar in a day.

The Story Behind the Hummingbirds Story

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The story-behind-the-story is that someone in Kentucky falsely passed the photographs off as their own.  When the impostor won first prize, Abigail and her husband, who really took the photos, published the full story; it is her hands in the picture and not the impostor's.  These photographs were take in 2006, Will and Guy hope that Abigail has had just as much pleasure from the Hummingbird fly zone in 2007.

Here is Abigail to Prove it was Her Hummingbird Story

Abigail with hummingbirds

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Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds

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  • As you suspected, the hummingbird is the smallest bird.  The honour of the world's smallest bird falls to the bee hummingbird.  They are consistently less than 3 inches or 7 cm.   One side effect of this extreme adaptation is they have the highest percentage of brain and muscle of any bird.
  • Hummingbirds beat their wings 1,000 times a minute.  What is even more amazing is that their flight control.  When hovering they can fly backwards, as well as up or down.  The secret of these flight patterns is their ability to rotate their wings in a circle.
  • The hummingbirds' tongue is modified to suck their fuel nectar from their chosen species of flower.  Nectar is almost 100% sugar; to get protein hummingbirds eat the odd spider or other insects.
  • What's interesting is the flower's relationship with the hummingbird.  Without the intervention of the hummingbird, many flowers could not pollinate.  From the flower's point of view producing nectar is the bribe necessary for cross-pollination, without which flower species can and do become extinct.
  • At night hummingbirds conserve energy by going into suspended animation, a state where they only consume 1/10 of the calories used when foraging.

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