Over the last couple of days I've spent a fair bit of time with the binos watching the hummers at the feeder, especially just before dusk. Rufous, mostly, possibly an Anna's—it's kind of hard to tell the females apart. The reclining chair is a convenient viewing platform: sit and read, glance up, focus binos, watch the drinking and occasional aggro as they try to claim the feeder as MINE, MINE, ALL MINE!
Most of them dart in and out, but there's one (she was here last year too) that perches and takes prolonged drinks. I timed her. In the longest drink I timed she sucked it up for 9 straight seconds. In between, she takes breaks. (Well, wouldn't you after downing a pint?) And closely watching while she take her breaks has led to a discovery.
Hummingbirds lick their lips. Did you know?