Monday, August 03, 2009

Buzzy Buddy

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I found this fledgling hummingbird on my lawn a few years ago. He sputtered around like a broken helicopter, rising a few feet and crashing. I'd have left him there*, but two cats seemed very interested. I scooped him up. Both cats came up to me and stood on their hind legs, begging for their toy.
I moved the bird to a jasmine bush in my back yard (away from the cats) and snapped this photo. He resumed flying lessons for the next few days before taking off for good.
I get a lot of hummers at my feeder. Each time I see one, I wonder, Is that you, Buzzy Buddy?

*he wasn't hurt- he was just trying out his wings like a proper fledgling.


Linda said...

wonderful story & photo.

Sally said...

Hummingbirds are wondrous- everything about them.

Namowal said...

Thanks, Linda, Sally.
Do either of you feed hummingbirds?

I have two feeders and the little guys still spend half their time chasing each other out of "their" yard.

stray said...

I was always afraid the sugar water mix seemed like too much maintenance.

Namowal said...

Hi Stray,
I use a concentrated syrup (designed for that purpose) instead of regular sugar, so it's pretty easy. Also, I picked flat, disk-shaped feeders like this, which are much easier to clean and refill than bottle feeders.