Thursday, September 8, 2011

Humming Bird!

After I got home yesterday, around 7 o'clock, my niece told us my mom, dad and I if we knew about the humming bird on the chair outside on the back patio. We obviously didn't and went outside to see if it was a gift from our family cat. Its eyes were open, one had a blood droplet on it (probably from hitting the glass window) and it was sitting on the side of the chair, motionless. 

My mom picked it up (its feet were cold), my niece got her plastic bug catcher and filled it with dead grass so we could make it comfortable. My dad tried giving it sugar water to see if it was dehydrated and it didn't want anything. My mom brought it inside and set it next to my other nieces beta fish lamp to try to keep warm. I wasn't sure what kind of chance it had to get better and was wondering if it was suffering from internal injuries because its eye looked messed up. After my sister got home, it was around 9 o'clock, I asked if she had seen the humming bird. She said yes and I replied is it still alive? I told her it needs humming bird food nectar and the sugar water my dad was giving it wont be enough (I did my research on the internet). We went to our local Wal-Mart and bought a humming bird feeder, liquid nectar, and a plastic container, big enough to hold the feeder and close the lid with air being able to circulate. When we got home we my sister padded the plastic container with shredded paper and we I put the nectar in the feeder and put its straw mouth beak close to the nectar hole and it drank some and we left it in there overnight under the lamp. 

This morning I checked on the humming bird and it was alert and seemed to be doing fine. I figured that evening we could see about letting it go and I could record and take pictures! As I was on the bus I received a text message from my sister that the humming bird flew home. I was happy that it was able to fly home after we nurtured it for about 12 hours and disappointed that I was not able to get pictures or video if its release back into the wild. *bummer* Either way it flew back home to its family! I do hope it stays away from windows :)