Dance to that suckas!
I was recently camping in the Rockies and witnessed my first hummingbirds in person.
Of course I’d seen them in books my whole life. I’ve seen images. I don’t believe I ever saw one in the wild in Ohio.
To really experience a hummingbird I think you have to see them in the wild. You have to get buzzed by one at 30 MPH!
Yes they can fly 35 MPH. Yes they can hover at 0 MPH.
Some can even dive at speeds up to 70 MPH!
As we pulled into our campsite I noticed what I thought were bats, or maybe huge dragonflys, swooping under the cluster of trees by the fire ring.
I started to unload our gear and one buzzed my head at full-speed. I didn’t even have time to swat because it didn’t hover around me, just swoop by.
A few minutes later one hovered by my head and it’s tiny fast wings buzzed my hat. Did I say amazing yet? It’s like a fictional bird from the Hunger Games or something. So fast, so tiny, so delicate, so capable.
Truth is stranger than fiction.
We even stopped at a store that had feeders setup out front and at least 40 hummingbirds feeding! There’s nothing that moves like a hummingbird.
That’s how fast the fastest hummingbird wing flaps. Switch it to RPM and that’s like 4th gear in most cars.