A huge trumpet vine grows two stories up and over our detatched garage-- it's so heavy that it fell after a heavy rain. We put it back up and I think it will be okay. I can see it from my favorite spot on the deck and I love to watch hummingbirds dive into the flowers and perch on top of them. (Sorry--no hummingbirds in my pictures.) Luke and I were admiring them and I was trying to remember what I'd read about hummingbirds--how fast they fly, how many babies can fit on your little fingernail,..
here) and a couple of you mentioned the fungus killing them, and then I remembered reading about it, but had to look it up again. It was shocking--there are 80% fewer bats in New York State than there were 2 years ago. Nationwide the fungus has killed 5.5 million. Bats eats lots of insects and so their decimation will have a long-term effect on the environment.
The ruby throated hummingbird weighs approximately 1/10 of an ounce. When hovering, their wings beat 55 times per second. Those two facts alone, fill me with wonder. And they can fly backwards.