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Sweets & Treats
Photo By Jim Lewis
April 24, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - As this beautiful rufous hummingbird is enjoying
the sweets provided by a Ketchikan feeder, it is providing endless
viewing treats for the photographer. One treat was seeing and
photographing the hummingbird's long tongue as it fed on the
enjoying the sweets provided by a Ketchikan feeder...
Photograph by Jim Lewis ©
Although hummingbirds sip from feeders and the nectar from flowers,
much of their food and that of their young consists of young
spiders, small beetles and insects that they find in flowers
or capture in mid-air. They apparently prefer tubular flowers
such as petunia, columbine, trumpet vine, honeysuckle, lobelia,
salvia, tiger lily, canna and jewelweed. Many of these flowers
happen to be red, pink or orange but the experts say that color
is not a factor. Thistles, roses and fruit tree blossoms are
The hummingbird's tongue, like
that of the woodpeckers, is peculiarly adapted for this manner
of feeding. It is a sort of double-barreled tube, split and fringed
at the tip, which can be extended far beyond the end of the bill
and used for sucking nectar from flowers or serving as a probe
or sticky brush to collect small insects.
Traveling further north in
the spring than any other hummingbird, the rufous hummingbird
reaches the sixty-first degree of latitude on the coast of Alaska.
Inhabiting woodlands, it ranges down from Alaska through western
Canada and Montana, continuing through Washington and Oregon
into northwestern California.
Hummingbirds, found only in
the Western Hemisphere, are undoubtedly the most remarkable birds
in the world.
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