Join Doc Ellen as she explores the year-round populations of songbirds and the hummingbirds at Jordan Lake. We will look at migration arrivals and summer breeding cycles. Learn interesting facts about our beloved feathered jewels as we explore the smaller avian inhabitants of the Jordan Lake Neighborhood.
Please register for Songbirds and Hummers of Jordan Lake on Jun 22, 2021 7:00 PM EDT at:
Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River. Hold On!!! Neat fact coming up!!! Guess what: Hummingbirds do NOT suck up nectar. Nope. They lap/lick up the nectar. I have simplified the process explanation: The hummingbird flicks his long tongue out and into the nectar. The tongue flattens and grooves down its length become immersed in the fluid. The tongue then rolls it sides up and the rolling action puts pressure on the nectar and down it goes into the bird’s tummy. In effect, the tongue is an elastic pump. Ok. So, I have given you 2 photos from this morning at the lake so you can see the very long thin tongue on this ruby-throated hummingbird. The black and white photo helps delineate the tongue. Link to take you to a wonderful page with great explanations https://www.livescience.com/51904-hummingbird-tongue-pump.html
Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River, September 2, 2020. With ruby-throated hummingbirds, the butterfly bush can suddenly become too small for two hummers at the same time. The pair started off being too intent on getting to the nectar to bother their hovering neighbor. Then, well, hide-and-seek and the chase was on!