Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hummingbird Rescue

Such a busy, birdy time of year! I had to do a hummingbird rescue yesterday afternoon too. I was going to the house to get my camera to take pictures of the bluebird babies when I noticed the body of a poor little hummingbird laying on the back patio. I knew it must have hit the dining room window above. The poor little squirt was conscious, but obviously disoriented (as you can see by the tip of his little tongue sticking out the end of his beak). I carefully picked him up and gave him to Mr. Johnson to hold for a few seconds while I ran to fetch one of the nectar feeders and a box to put him in.
I took him carefully from Mr. Johnson and held him while I dipped his beak into the nectar, hoping he'd take a little sip and that would help to energize him.

Then it was back into Mr. Johnson's hand for a few more seconds while I lined the carboard box with a towel and placed the little hummingbird inside.
After that I just closed the lid and left him in the basement. Hopefully a few minutes in the dark and calm environment would revive him. And sure enough, it did. After less than 10 minutes, Mr. Johnson reported that there was some angry buzzing and bumps coming from inside the box. We took the box outside and carefully opened the lid........out buzzed this little hummingbird straight into the sky and apparently completely recovered from his window collision. YAY!! Another birdy saved!

They're such neat little birds and I'm so thankful that we came upon this little hummer at just the right time and were able to save his life. I'm also glad he didn't have any serious injuries that would have prevented him from being released again.


troutbirder said...

Neat story Ruth. And you handled it just right. I had a similar experience a year ago with an ovenbird. Except my helper was a large German Shepherd.

Anonymous said...

WOW! You saved a hummingbird's life. That is something amazing, they are so tiny and fragile. Thank you on behalf of hummingbirds everywhere.


Gaelyn said...

Great rescue Ruthie!

Jayne said...

What a wonderful story and ending Ruthie. We'll get them stuck in the garage every now and again, and I have to literally get the long skimmer net (which is the only thing we saved from the pool for this purpose) and get them to stay put while hubby gets a ladder and I can gently palm them and take them out to release them. So glad this little one revived so quickly. :c)

Anonymous said...

What a cutie! Did you see the hummingbird rescue youtube that I put on my blog earlier this week? They are such fascinating little creatures!

Heather said...

What a great story with such a happy ending. Glad you were able to help the little fella out. Loved seeing your baby Bluebird pics, too. So much life and activity right now!

stephen said...

That must have been an awesome and exciting experience, and to hold in your hands such a beautiful and delicate creature. Thank you for sharing it with us. I get goosebumps just reading it.

Dave said...

I always love a good rescue story.

RuthieJ said...

Thanks Ray.

Thanks Mom. It's a privilege to be able to hold a hummingbird and an even greater privilege to save one!

Thanks Gaelyn.

Thanks Jayne. I've never had them get into the garage, but have seen them buzzing the ceilings at local home improvement/garden centers. That always makes me sad because I know that little hummer won't make it out of there alive.

Hi Mary Lee,
They are indeed fascinating creatures. I loved that hummingbird video! -- someone at work sent it to me last week too.

Thanks Heather. I like happy endings too!

Oh Stephen, you can't even imagine how neat it is to hold a hummingbird in your hand. This isn't the first time I've held one, but the first time I've been able to document it with photographs.

Thanks Dave.

KGMom said...

Wonderful. I envy you who have held hummingbirds. And good for you for reviving it.

Taos Sunflower said...

Cool rescue plan, Ruthie. Love that it perked up and took off. Good job.