OUT OF SILENCE CAME ONE TINY CHIRP is the topic for today’s blog. My husband and I have become fans of the tiny hummingbird. We have developed a fondness for the buzzing and the speed of these magnificent little airplanes of joy. Feeders have been purchased and the nectar supplied and we wait in anticipation of their arrival and feeding maneuvers with delightful excitement. We count them as if we are trying to reach some kind of goal if the numbers increase. What fascinates me is how loud of a chirp one of God’s tiniest creatures can make. Even the humming of the wings is seemingly louder than this little bird could ever achieve. Listen and watch the video and then I will share with you my thoughts on the effect one tiny chirp can have on the world.
Please click on link to Youtube Video for Hummingbirds Song
Now that you have listened to this video and heard the hummingbird sing or chirp, however you wish to call it; I want to share my thoughts. I found an article which states there is something hidden in the Hummingbird’s Chirp. When they slowed the audio down, each chirp sounded like a huge dinosaur’s roar. Isn’t that amazing? A tiny bird can resonate to the other tiny birds a sound loud and strong. If you glance over the following article, you will see what I am talking about.
Excerpt from interesting article Listen Closely: There’s Something Hidden in This Hummingbird’s Chirp
By PATRICK SKAHILL • JUL 8, 2014
Here’s the thing about hummingbirds: Almost nothing they do is like a regular bird. A hummingbird’s heart beats about 1,200 times a minute while exercising.
When hovering, their wings flap around about 100 times a second. So when Alejandro Rico-Guevara, who studies evolutionary biology and ecology at UConn, wanted to capture male hummingbirds fighting over potential mates in groupings called “leks,” he recorded them with a high-speed camera, and then slowed the tape way down.
That’s when he discovered something interesting inside each chirp:
“People haven’t paid that much attention to hummingbird songs, because they don’t seem complex or interesting,” Rico-Guevara said. “But now that we have the tools … we’re trying to study all the different calls from different males. We’re finding they vary a lot. Maybe that source of variation is what females are selecting upon.”
To see a video of the hummingbird call, visit WNPR’s Science Blog, The Beaker
Now for the deeper thought…… If one little tiny bird chirping can have that much of a dramatic effect on its species, what kind of effect do we as humans have on others. Do we sound like a tiny bird which no one really pays attention OR do we roar with a strong impact making a powerful sound? We don’t have to be very complex or even very interesting to impact others. A tiny, kind chirp or talk with another human can inspire tremendous results. A small word of encouragement, a cheering chirp, or a compassionate song may move mountains. God made the dinosaurs and the hummingbird and gave each the same power in their own world. How about that? We can make a difference by choosing our song to sing in life. Today, let’s spread our wings, no matter how big or small they are, and make some noise for others to hear and enjoy.
Featured Bible Verse:
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
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