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April 11th  2011    Tim Candler

    Seventy degrees at seven O'clock this morning, a Hummingbird in the Carolina Jasmine, Turkey calling in the woods.  But I'll not be tempted to plant the Beans, because this time next week there could be frost.

    The Hummingbird at home in Kentucky is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  They weigh about  four grams (0.15 ounces).  They prefer red or orange flowers.  They can live for eight or nine years. They need to eat nearly three times their body weight a day, and their little hearts beat five hundred times a minute.

     When it gets cold, as it will, Ruby Throated Hummingbirds calm down.  They find a safe place, their heart slows to around fifty beats per minute, which reduces by fifty times their need for energy.  And how much more sense my own life would make if I could do that.

     Otherwise daytime for a Ruby-throated Hummingbird is pretty much sixty miles an hour all the way.  

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