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Mighty midgets

Hummingbirds, small but mighty, head south

September 28, 2013
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

They are small. They are fast. They are survivors. And they are fun to watch. HUMMINGBIRDS have all the acrobatic skills needed to fly, chase insects or each other, hover, fly backwards and think nothing of it. That is what they do. That is how they are made. It is amazing stuff. This scribe will continue to wonder at the intricate shoulder joint mechanisms of bone, muscles and tendons that allow a hummingbird to beat its wings 40 to 80 times per second.



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