Mid-december On The Lower Colorado River

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  1. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
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    Beautiful flowering bushes at the Pioneer Club, as we walked the Riverwalk today, my wife caught this action:

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    According to the literature, the tiny birds mostly migrate across the Gulf of Mexico in winter, staying in Central America. Some evidently stop the migration in our area; we see them here all winter. The attrition rate for these amazing creatures is very high: average lifespan for about 85% of them is less than a year, though under ideal conditions they can live for years. What a shame. Their value as pollinators is priceless. Their little wings can beat as fast as 600 times a minute, while their hearts beat over 1000 beats a minute.

    You think your heart could keep up? Mine does 60 a minute, and I'm pooped!
    Frank
     
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    So gorgeous Frank - you lucky man :)
     
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    Is that near Laughlin, Nevada?
     
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    Amazing photos... thanks for sharing!
     
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    Gorgeous! They look like ruby throated hummingbirds. We have them here during spring and summer. They usually leave around the middle of September.
     
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    @Ted Richards
    It is indeed in Laughlin, Nevada, right on the Colorado River.
    Frank
     
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