Hummingbird Rescue Operation This Morning

We discovered a hummingbird this morning in the kitchen office, huddled up and catatonic. It probably got in there last night and was unable to get out. I just read that hummingbirds have to consume their body weight in food (nectar and insects) each day and they have to stock up before nightfall to survive until the next day. When facing starvation, they are able to lower their body temperature.

This one was close to expiring and when we picked it up, it didn’t move. We started feeding it sugar water and warmed it under a lightbulb. Pretty soon its tiny tongue flicked out and it started swallowing. Its eyes, which had been closed, opened. After maybe 5 minutes, it started moving its wings. Back from the dead. We took it outside and—zoom!—off it went into the highest birch tree—jubilation from the humanoids.

In these photos you can see it with its eye closed, and later, open.

6 Responses to Hummingbird Rescue Operation This Morning

  1. Anonymous says:

    oh my goodness, Lloyd. You are a Bird Whisperer…

    you have had quite a few posts about hummingbirds, but this is my favorite…


  2. Martin says:

    We maintain a couple of hummer feeders year-round where we live in southern Oregon and supply nutrient to a fair number of hummers, a few of which are permanent residents. Last winter I forgot to take the feeders in one night and they froze, depriving the hummers of a much-needed quick-start breakfast. Two of them died as a result (I found one little body the next day and the other later) and I felt/feel very bad about that. These fascinating little critters truly live on the edge – all the time.

  3. Kristin says:

    I love birds, thanks for saving that little guy/gal!

  4. Good Job~~~ and great info. I have found a few humming birds that have been like that in AZ. over the years but never tried to feed them. THX!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lloyd…have been trying for years to grow a honeysuckle vine close to a window, to attract/watch hummingbirds (Calgary). It is only in the past couple yrs the plant is finally well established/full of blooms.

    This afternoon, I was shocked and thrilled to see a little critter flying around it, and it took a bit for me to truly realise it was a hummingbird. I was so happy to finally have success. Now I hope the little guy returns/brings friends.

    (although others in Calgary had luck with hummingbird feeders, I tried a variety and not me)

  6. Anonymous says:


    suspect this is a silly question..
    but, we have a hummingbird or two coming around, and some wicked winds. I am assuming there is a nest they go to and fro, but wondering if there are any suggestion to "shelter" the little critters?

    seems like a lost hope, but thought I would ask if you had any suggestions…?

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