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Reader photo: Calm amid the storm

Reader Kerry Demandante of Granby captured this picture of a hummingbird just as the sun came out from behind the clouds on Friday, May 20. Reader Kerry Demandante, of Granby, captured this picture of a hummingbird just as the sun emerged from behind the clouds on Friday. Hummingbirds survive cold nights by lowering their internal thermostat, falling into a deep sleep known as torpor and becoming hypothermic. Awakening from torpor takes a hummingbird approximately 20 minutes, during which its heart and breathing rates increase and hummingbirds vibrate their wing muscles. Heat generated by vibrating muscles, or shivering, warms the blood supply. Shivering is sufficient to warm the hummingbird’s body by several degrees each minute and the bird awakens with enough energy reserves to see him through to his first feeding bouts of the morning. | Kerry Demandante/Courtesy Photo | Kerry Demandante/Courtesy Photo

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