So, the other day I was doing one of my garden walks, and saw an adult male hummingbird hovering just above the ground. This is a unusual site, so I went to check it out.
He was hovering over the body of a juvenile male humming bird. He looked like he was trying to pick it up. I looked at the body and assumed it dead. I bent to pick it up, and the adult male continued to hover near my hand.
Now, I have some pretty amazing hummingbird stories to tell, but have no pictures. So I went in the house to get Steve and showed him this beautiful little bird. It still appeared dead.
So I took it to the bird feeder, and stuck its little beak into the hole to get some sugar water. It swallowed. I kept dipping, it kept swallowing and soon began to drink thirstily. It sat up, but stayed in my hand.
Steve ran in to get the camera, while I stayed outside. The female adult was buzzing me. She wanted me to put her baby down! I waited until we had some pictures. I tried once more with the feeding, then set him down just where I found him.
Later Steve went out to check and found the little boy hanging upside down (like a bat) on a branch of the artichoke plant- that is just under the feeder. He went to touch it and it flew away.
The next day was just like any other day in the garden. Hummingbirds were buzzing my head, and playing dive bombers with each other. I noticed a magenta throated juvenile with an adult female. I think that that they were telling me thank you:)
Steve thinks that our little friend was playing, and ran into the block wall; knocking himself out.
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