Hummingbird Facts

Have you ever wondered why there is a hummingbird in our logo? I won’t keep you in suspense, it’s because the doctor loves hummingbirds.

Have you ever wondered why there is a hummingbird in our logo? I won’t keep you in suspense, it’s because the doctor loves hummingbirds. There are many reasons why, but for the last eight years we’ve also lived in a house where we have year-round resident hummingbirds, and have seen them hatch one batch of at least three babies (we know there have been more, we just haven’t spotted the nests). Now don’t get me wrong, we love the eagles we see almost daily, and the osprey we see occasionally at our house, but we don’t feel the same connection we do with the little warriors we feed through the winter.

The science of these flying wonders is amazing. The hummingbird’s average heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute. At rest, a hummingbird takes about 250 breaths per minute, and that increases when they’re in flight. Powering wings that beat between 50 and 200 flaps per second (depending on multiple conditions), requires 25-30 percent of a hummingbird’s weight to be in its pectoral muscles. Their maximum forward flight speed is 30 miles per hour and they can hit 60 MPH in a dive. To do this, hummingbirds digest natural sucrose – the sugar found in floral nectar – in 20 minutes with 97 percent efficiency for converting the sugar into energy.

I called them little warriors earlier because they are actually one of the most aggressive species of birds in the air. When you consider how important their food source is, you can understand how they regularly dare to attack jays, crows and even hawks that infringe on their territory. That’s pretty amazing for creatures that weigh less than a nickel.

Our different bodies require a different fuel source, but when it comes to weight loss we need to be just as assertive in defending our territory. Family and friends can unwittingly sabotage us with food at gatherings and outings. They may think they’re giving us healthy options when they put that fruit plate out, and they forget to mention all the sugar in the BBQ sauce. There are also those food pushers who insist “just one little piece” of loaded dessert won’t make any difference, and beverages are a whole universe of potential problems unto themselves.

As the doctor will always tell you, failing to plan is planning to fail. Take charge of your health by being staunch in your ways. If you don’t defend your territory, nobody will.

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