Spring and summer bring with them a familiar whistling sound that often whips past your ears at breakneck speeds. This distinct, rumbling cricket-like noise belongs to our friend, the Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus Platycercus). With traveling speeds of up to thirty miles per hour, you usually hear this bird rather than see it. But today…we got lucky.
Measuring 3.75 inches from beak to tail, and weighing about as much as a U.S. penny, this little guy is one of the smallest of our feathered friends.
When we caught up with him, this male Broad-tail was enjoying a feast of nectar in between amazing feats of flight and yummy bug snacks.
Hummingbirds really are one of natures wonders, with a list of amazing facts that just goes on and on.
Want to see more of these beautiful creatures? Try installing a feeder or better yet, plant a garden with all their favorite flowers.
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*Last time in Nature: Sunshine and Rain