All about humming birds

We went to Rockwood Reserves for a class about humming birds.

First we listened to an interactive lecture.

The presenter wanted us to understand how fast a humming bird can beat its wings.

So… Flap your wings for 10 seconds and count how many times you did it.

The kids beat their arms 15, 25, 35, and 38 times. Compare that to a humming bird that can beat its wings 500-750 times in 10 seconds! Which is 50-75 times a second!


Some humming birds migrate over the Gulf of Mexico which is a 500 mile trip – with NO stops!!! (They travel about 25 mph for 20 hours)

😳 Humming Birds are AMAZING!

After our class, the presenter took us outside to see some native flowers that Humming Birds eat.


Blue Bells


Bleeding Hearts ❣

Wild Phlox 

(Emergent Reader Eli learned that the f sound is also spelled with a ph)

Redbud Tree flowers 

They are edible and delicious!πŸ˜‹


Humming bird nests are the size of a walnut…

…and they like to use lichen as nesting material.

After the class, the kids played in the creek for a bit…

…and played the “Freezing Feet” game where they tried to see who could keep their feet in the freezing cold water the longest!

They eventually called it a tie and everyone got out at the same time – LOL!

And we ended our wonderful time at the Reserves with a family selfie – which isn’t easy with so many faces! 😜

Of course we had to make some sugar water to put in our feeder at home.

(Boil 2 cups of water and add 1/2 of sugar)

(The shirt Simone is wearing, I made at Camp Papa and Nana when I was 9 years old! πŸ’™)

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  1. Love this. Hummingbirds are truly amazing. There are several that live around my house. I have had a couple come into my garage, thinking that the red plastic pull on the garage door opener is a flower. Once they are in, they can’t find their way out…won’t fly down to go out the door. So, I have sort of chased them around with a broom until they are tired out and will sit on it. Then I lower it down and they will fly out the door. BTW, when I saw the picture of your children in the water, I thought, “I wouldn’t expect anything else.” πŸ™‚

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  2. Where there’s water my kids, too will be standing/splashing in it. Love he hummingbird facts. When we lived in Virginia we had 2 feeders with 6 perches. All 12 perches would be occupied and there’d be more hovering nearby waiting. It was amazing!

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  3. What a great learning experience! We’ve been waiting to see hummingbirds…Finally I heard one last night. We put up our feeders this morning and a male Rufous Hummingbird (bright red) has been feeding all day. πŸ™‚ The girls are hoping it is the pair from last year. George and Georgina….lol!


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