From flower to flower, hummingbirds accidently carry pollen from one blossom to another. The pollen sticks to their beak and feathers, and if the flower they visit next happens to be the same species, pollination occurs.
Below, a layer of pale yellow pollen covers the top of the hummer's head, ready to pollinate the next flower visited.
Hummingbirds are fascinating for many reasons. Next to size and speed, pollination and migration are two of the intriguing qualities of these tiny birds. On August 24th, when fall migration is at its peak in Tennessee, the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society is celebrating hummingbirds with the Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival featuring hummingbird banding demonstrations by master bander, Mark Armstrong. The festival will also include expert speakers on hummingbirds and other nature topics, nature related vendors, great food, and, of course, I will be there exhibiting art, so come by and visit!
Links and Resources:
Wonder of Hummingbird Festival
Information about hummingbird gardening and taking care of your feeders below:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Leaflet