Thursday, March 12, 2009

Holding A Hummer

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This isn't the first time I've held a hummingbird in my hand and even though it's been quite a few years, the thrill doesn't diminish.

This very tiny guy had flown into the greenhouse and couldn't find its way out. Up in the peak of the roof on a sunny afternoon, it kept flying and searching for a way out, hitting its wings on the roof in the heat, getting weaker and weaker. When it finally landed on a rafter to rest, all I had to do was reach up and gently snatch it from its perch. It was that simple.

The poor thing was so worn out that it sat in my hand for 3-4 minutes while I tried to snap a few photos - most of which came out blurry.

It finally flew out of my hand when I brought it close to a dogwood tree with a water barrel below. It's too bad that the photo of it drinking from the water barrel didn't come out. All I can tell you is that it was quite an experience to watch it drink, rest and recover. It sat in the dogwood for a few minutes more then flew away. So awesome!

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Anonymous said...

No better feeling than to rescue a tiny little creature like that and to have connected with it.

Heather said...

I love that you did that for that pretty little creature. Hopefully he will thank you by sticking around your yard for a while.

blossom said...

Awesome indeed! I'd love to have a hummingbird, or any other birds, on my palm.

Christine said...

Thanks Flowergirl!

We have resident hummers that live in our yard year round, Heather. I worry about them in winter, but they seem very hardy.

Hi Blossom, Yes it is pretty darn thrilling!

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow! You got to hold a hummingbird and help, it? Very cool. I can't believe it's so small.


Christine said...

Hi Paz. Yep, I certainly did. And guess what? The next day another hummer got into the greenhouse and I had to rescue it, too. That's three hummers I've held now. Now I have to figure out how to keep them out of the greenhouse.