Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Trapped

Photos are clickable for a better view. 

"Mama!  There's a hummingbird trapped in the skylight!" my daughter informed me when she cam home from school.  The poor thing couldn't figure out how fly down and then out of the breezeway.  I wanted to help, but I don't have a butterfly net and didn't want to chase him with a broom for fear of hurting him.  

      

He kept trying to find a way out until he was so exhausted that he finally fell three stories.  I rushed down the stairs and scooped him up before the little dog I spotted (off of his leash) found him.  

       

The dog owner asked if he was a baby. 

"No.  This is a hummingbird.  This is as big as they get."

I took him over to an oleander bush that was covered in dew hoping he could rest there in safety and maybe get a drink while he recovered.  He wouldn't let go of my finger.  I could feel his poor little heart beating faster than I thought was possible.  Finally he flew up high into a pine tree.  I hope the little guy is okay. 

Maybe it's a she...don't the males have the ruby-colored throats?


12 comments:

Boonie S said...

You did a lovely ting there. Well done

All the best, Boonie

Tempo said...

Such cool little birds (not that I've ever actually seen one as we dont have them here) Compassion is a very valuable trait Jen..and a very cool attribute to hand on to the next generation. More power to you!

Brian Miller said...

hummingbirds are very cool...glad you were there to help him/her...i got not clue on how to tell the difference...

blueviolet said...

You are so sweet to help the little thing. So glad your daughter spotted it and that you were there. I think you're right about the males having the ruby coloring on their throats.

Kelly said...

Yep, only the males have the ruby throats. So glad you rescued this one. Also glad he didn't "drill" you with his beak! They're sharp!

I think hummingbirds are beautiful.

Kelly said...

Actually, looking more closely at your pictures I think this is a "she".

Kathleen Scott said...

Oh my word, poor baby! So glad your daughter spotted her and you rescued her.

Looks like a Black-throated female to me. The long bill is indicative of Black-throated and white throat of female.

Great photos!

jack69 said...

What a nice thing to do!
You should get a big 'ATTA GIRL'. SO as Roger Miller would say,'ATTA BOY, GIRL'.

NOte: We also think that the Arches and CanyonLand are as spectacular as the Grand Canyon, but much more beautiful with the colors and different formations.

ρομπερτ said...

Maybe the bird was telling a story. Must have felt amazing to hold. Please have a good Friday.

deb said...

so so incredible.
glad for the happy ending

Heather said...

Aww, that is wonderful that you rescued her. Yup definately a her.

Cheryl said...

Nice save!

Post a Comment