Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hummingbird Rescue

Saturday night we were on our way out the door to pickup Julie for dinner, when I noticed a hummingbird in the living room.   It was high up on the window covering and I wasn't able to get it down and outside.  So I turned on the balcony light, opened the sliding glass door all the way, covered up the stationary side of the door, turned off the lights in the living room and left a few dim accent lights on.  I thought that would be enough light for the hummer to see while it was in the house and it could make its way outside.  In fact I thought it was probably outside by the time we got into the car to drive away.  When we came home from dinner I turned off the balcony light and closed the sliding glass door, after all it is winter.  Then early Sunday morning I found a tired humming bird in one of the panes of the french doors.  It had flown around our windows and now had cobwebs on its feet and beak.  Picking up the newspaper from the table I was able to scoop up the hummingbird and take it outside.  It didn't fly away; it just sat on the end of the paper looking up at me.  It was very pathetic with the cobwebs on its beak and feet.   Thinking it must be hungry and low on energy, I placed it on the feeder.  It stepped up to the hole and started drinking some nectar.

Notice the cobwebs on the Hummingbirds feet.  It sat there drinking nectar for about five minutes, long enough for me to get my camera, change lens, grab the right pair of glasses and take a few pictures.  This was before I had that very important first cup of coffee! 
It started revving up its wings, drinking some nectar and then revving up its wings again before flying off to the pepper trees with a trail of cobwebs streaming from its feet.


  1. Fabulous story! I'm so glad you were able to save him. And what great pictures!!

  2. Awesome Gary Bo! You are a giver. I am happy that you took the time to help that poor creature.