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Old 08-14-2009, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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On a previous thread somebody told the story of holding a hummer in his hands until poor thing could recover from running into something. I was so envious and thought that was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Well today it actually happened to me.

This morning when I got up I noticed a frantic hummingbird trying to get out of our back screened in porch. The door was wide open over night but he could not figure how to get out. I tried a sho him with a broom and began to panic myself as I saw how frantic he was and he would not perch on anything to rest. Finally he grabbed hold of a screen panel and just was real still. I calmly scooped him up in my hands and went on the deck to sit down with him until he could recover. While I was holding him, I was so worried that he would have a heart attack or else he had really hurt himself.
The kids were inside jumping up and down shouting "Mama caught a hummingbird!" "Can we come pet him?"

Finally I decided to try to pet him myself and that was all it took for him to catch his breath and away he flew in a blurr. I was so excited and was happy that he was actually OK. Now the kids think I can actually catch hummingbirds. It really was a special moment to actually hold such a beautiful thing in my hand and to see him recover.
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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Old 08-15-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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Fantastic!!!!!
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:01 PM
 
Location: right under the ceiling fan ;)
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On a previous thread somebody told the story of holding a hummer in his hands until poor thing could recover from running into something. I was so envious and thought that was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Well today it actually happened to me.

This morning when I got up I noticed a frantic hummingbird trying to get out of our back screened in porch. The door was wide open over night but he could not figure how to get out. I tried a sho him with a broom and began to panic myself as I saw how frantic he was and he would not perch on anything to rest. Finally he grabbed hold of a screen panel and just was real still. I calmly scooped him up in my hands and went on the deck to sit down with him until he could recover. While I was holding him, I was so worried that he would have a heart attack or else he had really hurt himself.
The kids were inside jumping up and down shouting "Mama caught a hummingbird!" "Can we come pet him?"

Finally I decided to try to pet him myself and that was all it took for him to catch his breath and away he flew in a blurr. I was so excited and was happy that he was actually OK. Now the kids think I can actually catch hummingbirds. It really was a special moment to actually hold such a beautiful thing in my hand and to see him recover.
OMG I just love your story, I love hummingbirds and where I worked at in VA one would come every afternoon around 2 to eat off of a red flower near the window. You are SO VERY lucky to be able to help this little bird. I loved your story it really touched me!
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: southern california
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beautiful story.
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:14 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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My favorite bird.
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Lompoc,CA
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My favorite bird also,right up there with mockingbirds.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:47 AM
 
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I have 2 times had my husband at that time, bring me a hummingbird that got caught indoor the building at his job. Both times the poor hummingbird had gone too long without food, and was too weak to fly and quickly dying. I made sugar water, got an eyedrop, gently opened their beak and added a little sugar water. In no time they had enough energy to eat themselves from the eyedropper and then in awhile were able to fly away. Those sure are sharp beaks!
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Nice story.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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That's wonderful, we have had a couple get detoured in the garage and yes they just need some re-direction and rest.
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