Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hummer 911!

Check it out, I rescued a humming bird today! 

I noticed her just sitting on a window eave, and she didn't fly off when I got closer.  Weird for a hummingbird, right?

So I checked it out, and when I got there I noticed that her wings, beak, and body were all wrapped in a spider web.  Not that a spider did that - I think she did it to herself struggling once she got partly caught in the web.  I reached out and as gently as I could and got a hold of her and very gently unwound the webs.  These guys are so tiny!  I could feel her little heart beating and everything.

The coolest part was letting her go.  She sat there for a minute in my open hand, looking around, bobbing up and down, making these little squeaking noises.  Then after a bit (like 30 seconds maybe?) she spread her little wings, almost to test them out or something, pulled them back in, and then ZOOOM she was off.

Cool, huh? 

15 comments:

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

That's awesome! I would have been scared to pick her up.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Wow..that is so cool! Hooray for saving the hummingbird! :)

Jon said...

Wicked cool! Not surprised you could feel the heartbeat. Hummingbirds have a heart rate of *nerd cap on* "250 beats/min resting, 1200 beats/min feeding." Wonder what its lactate threshold is? ;) *nerd cap off*

Good for you for saving it and even cooler that it stayed in your hand for that long after you detangled its body.

Julie said...

Oh, that is so great! You saved her life:) Thanks for doing the right thing and taking a little time to be kind to another living thing!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

You were in the right place at the right time for that sweet hummingbird. I feel good karma is all around you now!

Midwestern Dot said...

Woah, that is awesome! I always forget how small those things are until I see one and think it's a big bug or something.

RockStarTri said...

This is a great story. Thanks for sharing. Hummingbirds don't live around my area.

DRog said...

That is soooo cool, my girls would have loved it they are into everything outside right now birds and bugs especially...
-D

Black Knight said...

Thanks for saving the little birds. I am an animalist. I have just put 2 bat boxes under the roof of my house, if you want the bat-adoptions will be easy and without many formalities!

Johan Stemmet said...

awesome, doesn't it feel good. way to go

Brybrarobry said...

very cool.

Regina said...

So cool! That is a once in a lifetime.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

That is pretty darn cool

ShirleyPerly said...

Wow, that must have been some spider web to catch a bird. Glad you were able to free it!

perpetual adventure said...

So cool! Humingbirds are such amazing creatures.