Hummingbirds

shhhh, do you hear them? . . .

"Hummingbird darts lightly through the world, spreading its message of joy and beauty, and teaching us to appreciate the wonder and magic of everyday existence. Hummingbird brings the gift of joy. Learn to laugh and be happy."

~ Author Unknown

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Hummers in My Garden

Like charms they fill my garden jewelry box;

Winged gems of color light and sup amongst my hollyhocks . . .

The "Indomitable Spirit" 

of this tiny creature

My garden is filled with a

magical feature . . .

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The Hummingbird

by Harry Kemp

The sunlight speaks.  And its voice is a bird:

It glitters half-guessed half seen half-heard

Above the flower bed. Over the lawn ...

A flashing dip and it is gone.

And all it lends to the eye is this --

A sunbeam giving the air a kiss.

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A "Patchwork Beauty"  is a welcome sight;

Hummers 'round my flowers

are a grand delight!

Hummingbirds symbolize many things for us.  They remind us to enjoy life's simple pleasures and live in the moment. Joy, like the hummingbird, is unpredictable and can appear in a moment from nowhere.

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"Longing" ~and "Hoping"

is what I do;

waiting amid flowers of red for

you know who . . .

Hummingbirds are known to seek out what is good in life with tenacity and endurance. They will travel up to 2,000 miles in search of nectar and the destination they long to reach.

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Their "Graceful Presence" 

is so unique;

Bold, luminescent feathers

on such a tiny physique . . .

Hummers do not flap their tiny wings, oh no, upon examination in slow-mo, it has been discovered they propel themselves by making rapid figure 8s. Because they can fly forward and backwards, sideways and hover up and down, they remind us to adapt and approach change with a happy heart.

"Lily Dreams" are 

favorites of mine;

Bright trumpet flowers are

what hummers find as divine  . . .

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The figure 8 movement mentioned above is the same pattern of the infinity symbol making the hummer symbolic of eternity, continuity, and infinity. 

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"Garden Visitors" are

a welcome sight;

For hummers inspire the

magic of flight . . .

The figure 8 movement mentioned above is the same pattern of the infinity symbol making the hummer symbolic of eternity, continuity, and infinity. 

"Sweet Nectar" is the food

of the hummingbird;

as well as a few insects

from what I've heard . . .

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East of the Mississippi river is usually the home of only the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. The males are the fellows with the ruby-red throat while the lady birds are more greenish with a white throat and notched tail. In the spring they are known to cross the Gulf of Mexico, though some follow the coastline, and return to Mexico and Central America in the fall. The males travel about a week prior to and arrive a week earlier than the females

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A "Hummingbird" pendant

I'm known to wear;

To show everyone

how much I care . . .

Hummers are the tiniest of the avians, weighing in at about 4 grams. That's not quite double the weight of a penny (2.5 grams). Their eggs weigh between .04 gram to 2.4 grams depending on the variety of 21 different species.  A baby hummer weighs just over .5 gram. Most species measure between three to five inches long and weigh less than 2 grams. Per weight, hummers must have the most happiness and joy of any creature on earth for they always bring a smile to lucky folks who see them.

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Always welcome in 

"My Garden" ~

Hummers are known to

give me free pardon . . .

While there are no specific Bible verses referencing the hummingbird, the little avian is considered by many cultures to be a messenger from Heaven. They are depicted as a sign from someone who has recently passed away that the loved one is doing just fine and has made it to heaven. Some consider hummers to be signs and a deliverer of messages from Angels. In any case, they always depict joy, happiness, and a carefree nature.

"The Hummingbird" may

be small;

But his heart is mighty;

and he follows his call.

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A hummingbird's heart beats 1,260 times a minute compared to the human heart which beats between 60 and 100 times a minute.  At rest, a hummer breaths 250 times a minute which increases as they fly about. Although they have long bills, they do not suck nectar but lick with fringed tongues up to 15 times per second. 

We are so lucky here in the New World, for we are the only place in the world where Hummingbirds are a native species. They are not found outside of the Western Hemisphere. The only hummingbirds found in Europe, Africa, Asia, Antarctica, or Australia are in zoos or aviaries. Now that makes them extra special indeed.

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