The hummingbird is an extraordinary sight to behold. This miniature, magical, majestic bird comes in many colours and sizes. It can be seen flapping its wings so fast that it appears floating on the spot.
This little creature is a marvel of physics and biology.
It is the only bird in the garden that can fly backwards, which only adds to making it a true joy and delight to watch. A pretty remarkable trait and, in a sense, an animal superpower
There is a tiny green hummingbird that frequents the feeder around Walden pond. It is so small that it can sit on the edge of the feeder and drink the sugary “nectar” without the humming sound of energy buzzing in the background.
Most of the hummingbirds around Walden have beaks the same length as their body,
Attracted by a simple mix of 1 part sugar and 4 parts water, ‘real’ plants or flowers are not actually needed to draw this beautiful bird.
Although this type of bird comes in many sizes and colours, it is always unmistakable with its long beak used to get inside the feeder to inhale a long drink. Even with their eyes closed, they make a particular noise.
The hummingbird feeder is pleasant to watch in the late spring and early summer. It offers a superb spectacle for children and adults alike, bridging biology and nature in lessons that simply can not be taught in a school setting.
The design of such feeders, along with the hummingbird’s beak, makes it so that other birds can not get the nectar because their mouths are not long enough to drink the sugar water.
However, one other bird fondly frequents the feeder, The Outstanding Orange Oriole.