A hummingbirds’ high metabolism means a quick end if deprived of sugary food for even a few hours. Before a door was added to the lower cabin of our tree fort, a hummer found her way in but not out.
Saving this weak female Calliope seemed like childhood efforts to save a litter of baby rabbits with an eyedropper and milk or reviving a floating goldfish with more food. You’ve got to try, right?
A solution of sugar water in a plastic lid administered by dipping the little guy’s beak into it was the best we could come up with. Handyman husband donned gloves to help protect her.
Unresponsive at first, her black tongue started flicking at the solution, her eyes opened and within a minute she flew off to a nearby flowering shrub and recovered fully.
The door went on the tree fort cabin the next day and handyman husband adds bird whisperer to his credentials.
January 21, 2016 at 9:49 pm
Hope you’ve read, An Island Garden, by Celia Thaxter. A hummingbird story in it, but I won’t spoil it here, if you’ve not read it. Garden & Be Well, XOT
January 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm
No, I haven’t read it but will! Thanks for the recommendation.