I’ve been thinking of putting out a feeder, but it appears there are hazards I hadn’t considered. For instance, unconscious hummingbirds.
This is my friend Connie’s wife Tanya holding a hummingbird that passed out cold after having a sip of nectar. Fell backwards off the perch and splat on the ground. This is apparently rare, but happens from time to time. It certainly makes the little buggers easier to photograph.
Tanya picked the poor little thing off the ground and gave it a bit of a warm, and after a bit it was good as new. Before it recovered, everyone got a good close view and some very nice photos. They’d also given it a name, Hum.
Adorable, but somewhat sad, seeing one like this. But it seems to have recovered well, thanks to a loving hand, and now hummingbird lovers will have a prime opportunity to identify our fainting friend. While you do that, I need to reassess the wisdom of placing a feeder on the third floor. If birds are going to sometimes lose consciousness, it’s probably best if the distance between them and the ground is short…