Rescued a Hummingbird Tuesday (PICS)

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by FisherMOM, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    This is sort of a long post.. but I believe that it was a once
    in a lifetime opportunity, and I want to share!

    Tuesday, I had scheduled to meet my daughter for lunch at
    school and celebrate her SUMMER birthday with the class.
    1/2 hour before I was to leave, I went into the garage to
    check on the chicks and when I went in, I heard this buzzing
    noise and realized that a hummingbird had flown into the
    garage and could not figure out how to get out.

    It was zooming back and forth at the top of the rafters.
    I just knew it was going to run out of gas unless I could
    shoo it outside. Well, that proved to be a hopeless task.
    I even tried to catch it with a fishing net.

    I left the garage for 10 minutes and returned to hear it barely
    puttering along. I tried to climb a ladder and catch it in the
    net.. no luck again. Then I didn't hear it and became worried.
    A minute later I spotted it barely flying next to the back
    wall... then it just fell.... behind a bunch of stuff.. EEK!
    I went to find it and started slowing moving things, talking softly.
    I just happened to look up and there it was, hanging upside
    down on the wall by one little foot. I gently took it from the
    wall and took it to the feeder (outside) It drank a little nectar,
    but was too pooped to fly. It was so tired.
    It just kept closing it's eyes.

    I had to leave for school, so I took it with me in a plastic
    basket with some screen over it. When we got to school,
    it was feeling better. The kids and teachers enjoyed seeing it.

    When I got home with it an hour later, I fed it some more,
    let it rest, then fed it one more time.
    She flew away about then.

    It was SO COOL!!! Here are some pictures



  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Oh wow. How cool of an experience. I'm glad it was able to make it off.

  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    What a good deed!

    I'm reminded that "His eye is on the Sparrow..."

    Good job and I'm happy for your bird friend - nice pics too!
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    That is neat!!! It just looks right at home in your hand there. Thanks for sharing! [​IMG]
  5. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    That is just so cute. I rescued a smaller one that got into a glass drink bottle years ago. Thanks for sharing.
  6. suenrob

    suenrob Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    Thats awesome. She must have been very thankful that you helped her. Good work!!!
  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Quote:How did you get it out of the glass bottle?

    Last edited: Jun 20, 2008
  8. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    awwwww! You realy helped her! That is wonderful!

    We have hundreds of hummingbirds around our house, and they drink about 2 feeders worth of nectar a day (keeps DH busy being their Nectar God). When they are really tired, they hang upside down on the feeder. They rest, then drink, then fly off. You helped the little one right along on her natural journey. Congrats to you both!
  9. BJ

    BJ Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    Yours looks different from the hummers we get here. Ours are ruby throated. A hummer got stuck (similar to your situation) in a fabrication plant attached to my office. One of the guys "borrowed" a hummingbird feeder from outside and hung it low, near the overhead doors. The poor thing finally came down to drink and, since the feeder was located near the overhead doors, the hummingbird was able to exit. I thought that was a smart solution to help the little hummer escape.

    Neat story...thanks for sharing with us!
  10. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    [​IMG] Thanks! It was definitely an exciting time when she flew off. She flew away less than a minute after that last picture. I think that I have seen her back here at the feeder since.

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