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A Hummingbird's Brain,
September 09, 2019

Last week I showed you a single bloom, this week is the Prairie Dock in full bloom.

Also pictured are a Goldfinch eating seed naturally, and a couple pictures from Lake Michigan.

This past Labor Day we finally got to the beach.

Holland State Park, on Lake Michigan.

Karen, Yolanda, and yours truly.

(They have boardwalks that go close to the lake shore, with side
runs to accommodate special needs.)

A beautiful day it was, even if it was crowded.

The water was still warm enough to take a dip or two.

Several Monarch butterflies were already following the lake shore south.

Some even bobbed and weaved amongst the masses of humanity.

We brought stuff to read, and Yolanda's word search for her to do.

Yolanda would have nothing to do with that.

She closed the book and sat there people watching for the next three hours.

There were many, many teens and young adults strutting their stuff and playing games.

Yolanda was only 15 when she was in her accident, many of her thoughts are that of a young girl and teen aged girl.

Karen and I Marveled, and wondered what she was thinking about all that time.

I did ask if she was checking out the hunks.

An ear to ear smile crosses her face.

We love that girl.

Tuesday I had an eye pressure check.

16 in each eye.

The doctor was pleased, me too.

(This is why I don't cut back cone-flowers and many other perennials.)

I can't recall the last time numbers were so low.

Wednesday was an appointment for Yolanda at the neurologist.

We had a few questions, got some answers and things to look for and do.

Friday, Brandy was spayed, and had nine baby teeth removed.

Vet says it is common with small dogs.

Snickers was missing her friend.

She is still resting, which isn't easy her as she is a very high energy seven month old puppy.

Continue caring for your annuals.

Deadheading, watering and even feeding them when appropriate.

You can never go wrong with Red Salvia.

I still have weeks of bloom time, many of you have months to enjoy your annuals.

Not to mention they feed all sorts of pollinators.

Hummingbirds are a pollinator.

Our feeders are more of a substitute for the real thing, yet this time of year more hummers will go to feeders as a ready source of nectar.

Keep the sugar water pumped up to a 3 part water, 1 part sugar ratio for the remainder of hummer season.

A Hummingbird's Brain.


The Western Hemisphere is truly blessed, to be graced with all the species of the world's smallest birds.

Yes, hummingbirds are native to the new world and no where else.

There are 350 - 360, or so known species of hummingbirds.

About 20- 24 of them visit the United States,

16 species breed in the United States and possibly five species in Canada.

Most hummers reside within a 10 degree range of the Equator.

East of the Mississippi River, only the Ruby-throated hummingbird resides.

Yes, a vagrant or two may appear, but typically, only the Ruby calls it home.

Now, in my part of Michigan, at best we my only see a few at a given time, and then they don't like each other much.

Never have I seen two hummers at the same feeder, and rarely do they allow each other to glean from flowers in the same area.

Where they are a dime a dozen, I envy you.

If you are like me, you stop what ever you are doing just to watch these little dynamos at work.

Even though you may know about the special talents and unique parts.

Do you still wonder how they do what they do?

It all starts with the brain.

The size of a pea, the hummingbird brain is packed full.

When God can create a universe, and everything within, by saying "Let There Be", creating a bundle of energy is no problem for Him.

Research shows that hummingbirds have a great memory.

From how long it takes for a flower to refill with nectar, to remembering to come back to the very same yard as last year.

And then there is the special gift of knowing when and where to migrate.

A gift needed for first time migrators.

The brain enables hummingbirds to hover perfectly.

When and what direction to fly, even backwards and upside down when needed.

A Hummingbird's Brain, helps to regulate body temperatures.

The brain can even give Ruby-throated hummingbirds that edge.

The often aggressive attitude they have for other species of birds, and even chase away a butterfly.

I think sometimes they do this just because they can.

It's not like they are chasing away a competitor like another hummer.

You who are blessed with multiple species of hummingbirds, and have hummers year round, count yourself blessed.

For me, 5 months is a long season when it comes to hummingbirds (more like 4.5 months).

I do go to great lengths to attract them, and yes I stop to watch and admire their every movement.

The flying jewels let us know there is more.

Be sure to read A Hummingbird's Brain, for more detailed information on the world's smallest birds.

Migration has started, keep your feeders fresh.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go,

Here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

“The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

Helen Keller(1880 - 1968)

From The Bible.

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."

Proverbs 16:3

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Colossians 3:23

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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