Every once in a while, something amazing happens. For my wife and I, this Sunday brought us one of those amazing surprises. While outside mowing the yard, our carpentar stopped her and showed her what appeared to be a half grown, wounded, ruby throated hummingbird laying in the grass. She was surprised when the she bent down to pick it up that he offered no resistance. She brought it to our son who took it inside and put it in a box that we had been using as a chicken brooder. The bird was absolutely alert and alive, but he offered no resistance to our handling.
Chris brought him a drink in coke bottle lid a helped him get a small sip. After a few minutes we checked on him and were surprised to find he had flown out of the box. We decided this must mean he had been healed of whatever ailed him so he took him out and placed him on our deck. Again, he just sat there motionless. So, since it not every day you can get this close to a hummingbird, I went in and grabbed the camera. I was lucky enough to get this truly beautiful shot of this truly amzing little creature.
After I took these pictures, I felt the little guy would be safer in the Chinese Privet that lines our deck. So, I picked him up and gently started carrying him to the bush. Before I got there, he bolted out of my hand and flew directly to the redbud tree that sits at the southeast corner of the potager. If you think full grown hummingbirds are amazing, you should see one when it is “small”. He was so tiny. I cannot believe that God can make something so perfect and beautiful in such a small scale. Everything from his tiny little feet, to his tiny little irridescent feathers was beautiful and perfectly formed. It truly was a joy to be able to share a few moments with this amzing creature.
I have seen countless hummers leave our feeders and go directly to that same spot in the redbud that our little friend escaped to. I hope there is something safe and nurturing in that tree that will heal our new little friend so he can join the others of his species around our feeders this summer.