If I have been a hen (which I’m not) and if I may fly (which I am unable to), I’d depart Oklahoma at summer time’s finish and head on right down to Mexico.
Hummingbirds can do exactly that. They over-winter south of the Gulf of Mexico.
Some folks cling to the foolish notion that they hitch a journey on the backs of southbound swans. Let me guarantee you, they do no such factor.
If, as an alternative, you deduced they leapfrog from one flower backyard to the following all the best way across the perimeter of that huge expanse of salt water, you, too, could be in error.
The fact of the matter is that they fly straight throughout the Gulf of Mexico. No small feat, that! It is kind of a activity to be completed by a hen of such small stature and with a blast furnace metabolism that burns up energy at a speedy tempo. Nevertheless, it’s true.
Facts are typically stranger than fiction.
Neil Garrison was the longtime naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature middle. His e mail is [email protected].