Safely Enveloped: Hummer Rescue

We love to watch the hummingbirds feeding on our porch. The cats watch them, too, but pretend to not be interested as they know the hummers are much too fast for them ….except when they fly into a window and are knocked unconscious momentarily. After the telltale thump against the window, we quickly ran outside, saw the tiny bird on the deck and chased the cats away. My husband picked him up gently and held him in his hands. It was a male ruby-throated hummingbird recognizable by the bright red throat coloring.

groggy hummingbird

groggy hummingbird

The cats feigned disinterest but kept watching.

As he protectively held the tiny bird in his hands, the little one rallied a bit

perking up

perking up

Soon, he looked alert and was in control of his body again

bright-eyed and upright

bright-eyed and upright

In the next moment, he was gone:

gone

Another successful bird rescue! I recently posted about a gold finch rescue. Here is last year’s post on hummingbirds, our avian jewels.

This week’s Photo Challenge is “Enveloped.”

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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72 Responses to Safely Enveloped: Hummer Rescue

  1. kazg10 says:

    OMG how adorable🙂

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  2. Liz DeVenny says:

    I have nine hummer feeders now. Some are very close to places
    I can sit still and almost touch them as they come up to feed. I love, love, love them.

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  3. Gorgeous photos and such a great ending to your story.

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  4. Wow! We don’t get them in England, but I wish we did.

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  5. seedbud says:

    Oh! A magic moment!!!

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  6. Reblogged this on Live & Learn and commented:
    Don’t miss this…

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  7. schuttzie says:

    I’ve just gotten into watching and feeding hummingbirds and they just amazing! This little guy is beautiful!

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  8. Such tiny beauty. And oh boy, do I count bird rescues here as well, having a fierce hunter of a cat… saved a wren last night. Small victories🙂

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  9. LadyPinkRose says:

    OMG to hold a Hummingbird!!! I have goosebumps and tears. Bless you for Loving Mother!! Love, Amy❤

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  10. bythebriny says:

    Wonderful shots. Around here the males are so shy, we hardly see them.

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  12. Make sure you put something on the window.

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  13. Beautiful story, Annette. With a cute subject!

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  14. Lola Jane says:

    Oh my gosh, that is just lovely. Beautifully done, and one never really realizes how tiny hummingbirds are… So happy to know of the rescue, thanks for this beautiful post🙂

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  15. Oh excellent!! I can picture you scrambling to get your camera, shoo away the cats, and get that picture snapped before the little thing flew away. Perfect post for this week’s challenge.

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  16. What a fabulous photo op!! I’m so glad you got some photos and that the bird was fine. Hummingbirds are beautiful.

    janet

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  17. de Wets Wild says:

    Such a tiny little jewel!

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  18. Exquisite in the close-up detail🙂. Quite similar to the sunbirds in our eastern hemisphere I. Size and iridescence of feather. Gorgeous little creatures.

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  19. Alex Jones says:

    Great rescue. A beautiful bird, to hold in the hand, a unique experience. Windows are a serious problem to birds. The following may be useful against window strikes:
    http://www.sialis.org/windowstrikes.htm

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  20. Reblogged this on Donkey Whisperer Farm Blog and commented:
    I love hummers too!

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  21. Leya says:

    How lucky he was! And you to have seen him that close – beautiful birds. As we don’t have them here in Sweden I might feel a bit envious…

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  23. What amazing pictures and what a great rescue! We have some hummingbirds here, too, and they are so much fun to watch. We had a sparrow hit the window so hard it died, so we bought these decal things and since then haven’t had any problems. http://www.amazon.com/Window-Alert-Medley-Decal-5-Pack/dp/B0096UUSPC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432580257&sr=8-1&keywords=decals+birds+windows Maybe they would help you?

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    • Thank you, Xina. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the decals, sometimes they work and sometimes birds attack them! I’ve found a solution for my window – I installed the absent window screen and keep the window open a bit (preventing reflecting illusions for the hummers). That has prevented any crashes since I made the changes. Fingers crossed….

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  24. Maria F. says:

    This such a marvel Annette! I thank you for sharing this miraculous event!

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  25. Precious captures and anecdote, Annette. Having grown up in the Midwest, where hummingbirds are more rare, I was just delighted to see hummingbird after hummingbird in California during a visit there last month. What a treat for you to not only come into close contact with one, but also help ensure its safety.

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  26. Tish Farrell says:

    How perfectly exquisite, and thank you for sharing the recovery.

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  27. Tennyson loves the post. =)

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  29. lazyhaze says:

    I loved this post. I never actually saw a still humming bird till I saw your pictures.

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