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Tuesday, February 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Tiny fliers amaze and delight

Hummingbirds are among the most dependable photo subjects for wildlife photographers.

Put out a feeder during the summer season and it’s almost instant gratification for a shutterbug.

But some of The Spokesman-Review’s readers are taking the more difficult and creative route of capturing images of hummers feeding among flowers. Sweet!

Our hats are off to their skill and willingness to share their images online in our Readers’ Outdoor Photo Gallery at

Hummingbirds capture our imagination as they zip in and out of our lives.

They are important to people for more than their beauty. Hummingbirds are key pollinators along with bats and insects.

The diminutive hummers are – ounce for ounce – among the world’s top endurance species.

They’re capable of migrating to Mexico for the winter and returning back to Idaho to breed, a long trip they make twice a year.

Banding records indicate that most hummingbirds live five to six years in the wild, with some up to 10 years.

It’s mind-blowing to think these tiny birds that weigh the same as a dime or a nickel, depending on the species, are capable of traveling that far and living that long.

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