Hummingbirds are beautiful and mysterious creatures. They fly with a mesmerizing "hovering" technique, looking more like a moth than a bird in the way they move. Their wings move in fast, figure-eight motions, supporting roughly 75% of their weight when they flap downwards. The average hummingbird can flap its wings as many as 80 times per second. To put that into perspective, try flapping your arms 80 times in one minute. Needless to say, hummingbirds are strong, fast animals, but they're also delicate.
Take for example this hummingbird who got caught in a few blades of grass. It doesn't seem like much, but they were all it took for this bird to lose its ability to fly. Thankfully, a few kind people were able to free it just in time and watch it fly away like nothing ever happened.
Hummingbirds also make great friends, like this one who visits an elderly man every day. While some can be shy, this bird isn't afraid to invite itself in and stay for a while. The hummingbirds in this video are no different. Our cameraman had no idea he was about to become the most popular person in the neighborhood when he stepped outside holding a red Solo cup full of sugary liquid, but once one little hummingbird saw what he had, everything changed. If you'd like to hang your own hummingbird feeder like this guy and attract hordes of fast-flapping friends, you can learn everything you need to know about feeding hummingbirds here. Although, you might want to watch this man's experience before ringing the dinner bell for all of the hungry hummingbirds in your area.