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Master Gardener guest columnist Phyl Strawbridge in the greenhouse at her Southwest Albany home.

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Hummingbird a diminutive marvel

With wings flapping at 50-60 times per second and weighting in at 2 to 3 grams, the hummingbird that is approximately three inches long is the smallest known bird in the world. Sitting on the porch watching nature at its finest, one can only marvel at this tiny bird who breathes 250 times per minute and whose heart pumps an unbelievable 1,260 beats during that same period of time.

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