Intruder

I found this guy in my shop this morning.

Time was of the essence; somebody else wanted to catch him first.

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16 comments

  1. Beverly says:

    Is that a hummingbird? If not, it certainly looks like one of its close cousins. I guess they fly too fast for me to get a really good look at them!
    I take it you haven’t convinced Mommy to embrace the vegetarian lifestyle?

  2. Crystal says:

    Oh! I once was priviledged to hold a hummingbird – one of my brother-in-law’s farm hands had found it, and brought it to me. I don’t think I’ve ever held something so tiny, with such a fast heartbeat. It wouldn’t move for the longest time, and I was worried it was a goner. Then I made up some sugar water for it, and touched it to its beak. It drank the sugar-water and flew off.

  3. La BellaDonna says:

    Awwww. I have dreams where I get to hold tiny birds; God knows what that means.

    Obviously, it knows you’re a sweetie.

    And faster than Mommy.

  4. Sherry says:

    I was wondering how it stayed in your hand so long. I thought I didn’t understand something about nature, being a city gal and all. It really IS unusual for birds to do that? I thought so.

    That confirms it! You’re special. The little birdies never lie.

  5. Kathleen says:

    He stayed in my hand for a long time! I didn’t intend to blog it but he just stayed there so I thought what the hey, and got my camera. I took several pictures of him (I was really nervous holding him being so tiny, such a gift) and just sat there waiting for him to fly off when he was ready. I couldn’t just put him on the ground so I had to wait. He was a calm little guy. Now I’ll probably have to get a feeder this weekend.

    Eric says that he’s held a finger out next to the feeder at our house and had them land on him and says that they’ll land on your finger if you’re quiet and patient.

  6. Dave says:

    If you found your little friend early in the morning the reasn it may not have flown is its metabolism hadn’t ramped up yet. Hummingbirds’ metabolic rate slow waaay down at night, if they didn’t they would starve to death in their sleep.

    I envy you the treat you were provided.

  7. christy fisher says:

    CUTE pic..
    I get a lot of hummingbirds in my area.. once or twice a year one flies in the house and tries to mate with my chandelier (they like shiny things)..so I keep an old Irish derby hat and a velvet pillow nearby so I can catch them before my doggie does..
    They are so pretty.. this one looks so comfy with you! What a treat!

  8. Tom Willmon says:

    I heard one buzzing this morning, doing his up-and-
    down, back-and-forth courting flight. I’m about 170 miles north of you, and this is the earliest I’ve ever seen one. Sugar syrup is on the stove as I write this.

    Global warming, eh?

    Tom
    Mountainair, NM

  9. Eric H says:

    They can find their way to Argentina and back, but can’t find the door?

    It’s true – if you can be real patient and stand still, they will land on you. I have had two at once by holding my thumb and finger far apart around the sides of a bird feeder. I think they understand that you don’t have a prayer of catching them because they blast off the moment you twitch.

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