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  • WE ARE…

    ... THE PERKES. We still consider ourselves newlyweds [we've been married for almost 5 years]. Our firstborn, Jace, is now 2 years old, and became a big brother when Sofia Rain joined our family in November 2012. We are from the East Coast [Luisa is from MA and Nate is from NH]. We are Bronco's Fans [We've lived in the Boise area for almost 5 years]. We are travelers. We are athletes and we are dancers. We are enthusiastic about food. We are spontaneous. We are addicted to the sun. We are in love.

    Most importantly... we are HAPPY. We are the Perkes.

An Unexpected Visitor…

While Nate and I were sitting outside this morning, I saw these two tiny birds chasing each other around. One flew right in front of us and then straight up in the air, about 20 feet and then coasted the wind back down again. He was making the most cheerful little chirps ever. Moments later, either he or his bird lover did the same. It was obvious they were very happy and it was then that we realized they were hummingbirds. I told Nate that they were ‘wind surfing.’ We watched until they flew away and then we went inside. TO OUR UTTER AMAZEMENT, there was a tiny hummingbird flying around our kitchen. What are the chances? When we caught him, he actually let us hold him. I loved it when he would look right at me, and then cock his head to the side when I would say something to him, like he was really listening. Even outside, he just perched on my hand for about five minutes and even posed for some pictures. He was in no hurry to leave us. We hope to see him around soon!

If you can’t tell, I’m big on random bits of information:

  • I believe “he” was actually a “she”, and that she was a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird [only the males have the ruby throats].
  • Her wings beat 70-90 times a SECOND!
  • Hummingbirds are the ONLY birds that can fly backwards.
  • She consumes approximately 5 times her body weight in nectar, visiting hundreds of flowers daily.
  • She probably only weighed approx. 3-4 grams [This is less than the weight of a nickel, which is 5 grams].
  • Because of their incredibly rapid metabolism, they are always hours away from starving to death.
  • They can only store enough energy at a time to survive through the night.
  • At night, they put themselves into a hybernation-like state, dropping their heartbeat from 1,260 beats a minute to 60.

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Brooke - Wowzers! How cool is that. You guys have a knack for attracting all the coolest creatures of the world.

Belinda - Wow, that is wonderful. I've always wanted to hold a hummingbird. I love your random facts. Especially about the one that says, hummingbirds are the only ones that can fly backwards. I guess it's like a helicopter.
Cool beans, keep it coming. Love You!

Ken and Jen Perkes - . . . And who knew that I had so much in common with hummingbirds . . . only an hour or two away from starving!

; )

Ken and Jen Perkes - Wow! I think that is a sign of incredible good luck! [Perhaps in contrast to what Mom would think of the bat that comes into our house!] In any case, it is incredibly cool.

I love coming to your blog; there is always something wonderful going on!

–Dad

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