I know this theme leaves the route we were in right now, South America, but I've to share with you pictures of Lulu and Toby, our little hummingbirds. (It is not that we are experts guessing the sex of the birds, but we are trying to guess they are male and female, that is why we called them Toby and Lulu). They were born a couple of weeks ago, but we discovered them just three days ago. They'll probably leave their nest soon, what will make us very sad. Every day we check up on them.... they are our little babies. What an amazing design!
Did you know that most species measure between 3-5 in? The smallest hummingbird is 5 cm and is called the “Bee Hummingbird”, yes it's like a bee!!! They can flap their wings 12-90 times per second, what makes their newborn know that their mom is coming, since they are born blind. That unique sound, and the “wind” that the wings make, has helped us to realize where the mom is. It’s like a little fan around us! She is not shy at all…. Sometimes we think she’s going to land in our heads!
The hummingbirds can also fly backwards (it’s the only group of birds that are able to do so). Lulu and Toby’s mom has returned one more year to place her nest in a close by tree. Between the branches we discovered the tiny nest. It looks like it is made of mud, and spider silk, that is actually what they use to bind the nest material together and secure the structure to its support. The unique properties of silk allow the nest to expand with the growing birds. There’s actually a point where you realize both birds don’t fit in. That’s what has made us realize they’re ready to leave their nest. We hope they survive in this world full of dangers and predators and they can come visit us next year.
Here I attach some pictures… from last year...
|We called him Stewy (Le llamamos Stewy) Spring (Primavera) 2010|