[CT Birds] Hummingbirds on "Nature" tonight

Sally Brown sbrown01 at snet.net
Tue Jan 12 09:36:14 EST 2010

You can also watch the hummingbirds complete show online at the PBS  
website and repeat watch your favorite segments in the list of  
chapters below the video.  This was truly amazing photography which  
yielded new and incredible information about these birds.


Sally Brown
Branford, CT

On Jan 12, 2010, at 8:28 AM, Brian Webster wrote:

I wanted to thank Bill for mentioning the Hummer show on 'Nature'.  I  
missed it that night, but WLIW World (channel 132 on iO) replayed it  
last night.

Anyone who has any interest in hummers needs to see that program.   
You know how amazing it is to watch the Ruby-throats dogfight in the  
yard??  I know I do.  The program had unreal high-speed video of  
different species in territorial disputes, an Anna's dive  
(succesfully solving the riddle of the 'chip' at the bottom of the  
dive as it's tail feathers), hummers feeding on insects, and rare  
video of displaying Spatuletail.  One of my personal favorites was  
the species who lived at climes of 12,000'+ and, to conserve energy  
in the thin air, evolved to become ground feeding hummers that 'hop'  
from ground flower to ground flower.

It blows my mind to think that Darwin theorized things in the 1800s  
that wee eventually proved true.  One instance was shown on the  
program, in the difference between bill shapes in a single hummer  
species.  Darwin theorized that these bills were different due to  
different main food sources.  Turns out, he was 100% correct....   
obviously not the first time!!

I also watched a program that came on after called 'Rare Bird'...   
all about the conservation efforts of Bermuda's outer islands to  
bring the Bermuda Petrel back from 'extinction'.  A several decade  
long quest to bring back a bird thought to be extint since the mid  
1600s.  (AKA the Cahow).

Both programs are well worth the watch.  (as well as last week's  
'Nature' on Arctic wildlife.... great footage of Gyrs and Snowys  
rearing chicks and hunting, Arctic foxes, wolves, Musk ox.  It's  
basic premise is the lemmings effect on the arctic summer's ecosystem.)

To be honest, I was amazed at the footage of the hummers.  Though,  
like a previous posted mentioned, it was tough IDing those guys!!  I  
saw Magnificent, Rufous, Black-chined, Anna's, Ruby-throated, and I  
think Berryline...  other than that, who knows!

A must see, indeed.  I used to think that the Raptor episode was the  
best (still amazing)....  a new front runner has taken the lead!

Brian Webster

Stratford, CT

b.webster at hotmail.com

> Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 16:19:06 -0800
> From: boletebill at yahoo.com
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Hummingbirds on "Nature" tonight
> I think the PBS special on the Magic of Hummingbirds is on at 8:00  
> PM on Nature.
> Bill Yule
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