Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Today's Extraordinary and Amazing Event

We saw something awesome.  We have a hummingbird feeder outside one of our school room windows and at the moment we have lots of hummingbirds.  It's amazing to see these little creatures.  We walk up to the window very slowly and they stay around for us to see them up close.  What amazing creatures.

These little guys and girls come over during this time of the year and we make sure to try to keep those feeders full but before you know it they drink up all that food.  It doesn't help that a Baltimore Oriole came over and learned how to stick his long beak in there and drink away.  

Today was a different day.  One like other days but different in what happened.  I've stood at the window and looked in awe at these little birds.  I was thinking of a time that I might be able to hold one in my hand and how wonderful it would be to hold such a small and amazing bird.  

So I came home from grocery shopping today and hubby was home with the boys this afternoon and had left the garage door open.  The door has this cord in the center of the garage to close the doors manually.  The end of the cord is a grip and it's red.  I've had hummingbirds in the garage before pecking at it and go out as fast as they came in.  But today as I came home one of the boys came out and said that this hummingbird has been in the garage since they got home.  Even though, the door was wide open it was flying up above the door and could not figure out how to get out.  It would bump it's head on the ceiling of the garage.  

Now I don't know about your garage but we have lots of spiders and webs which we like because they catch a lot of our mosquitos.  My mom would clean them off but I leave them.  I choose my battles.  Anyway, this hummingbird was flying and hitting the ceiling and had a lot of webs on it's beak and wings.  All over really.  Poor thing.  Then it happened.  It got caught up on something.  It was upside down.  I got a swimming pool noodle and gently touched it.  It tried to fly away and eventually did.  Then it started falling.  It fell down behind some of the other noodles.  

My son and I felt so bad for it.  I went over and picked it up.  Poor thing was exhausted.  It tried to fly but fell back in my hands.  I held a hummingbird.  Did you hear what I said?.....I held a hummingbird.  I took it outside and let the wind hit it and let it rest in my hands till it struggled but finally made it in a tree and there is stayed for a long time.  Till it finally flew away.  After I saw it fly away I felt better and knew it would make it.  
I never knew these guys made such a cute little noise.  Then when he was in my hands he was crying in a lonely, I give up sort of way.  It was sad.  My boys and I have been doing the hummingbird cry all evening.  Truely an amazing experience.       

13 comments:

hsmomma said...

That is so awesome! Truly amazing! Too bad you didn't record the sound. hehehe Now I'm jealous. hehehe

live4evermom said...

Hey, it all happened so fast and I savored every second of holding it. No one wanted to leave. It was truly amazing.

Just: CH said...

AAwwww, how amazing! I was so hoping it wouldn't be dead! Thank you for helping it get its "wind" back under its wings! You are good at that! ;-) What an adventure! Something you've always wanted to do...and now you've done it...so cool! I chuckled when you wrote, "did you hear what I said?" hehehehe You are so cute...and so is that beautiful hummingbird! How nice it is to be able to enjoy watching Jehovah's Creation.

Love, CH @};-

Berta said...

Amazing

hicksgirl93 said...

That is great! I think I almost shed a tear reading this post. oh! the beauty of nature...I'm glad you got your wish to hold a hummingbird. We've been watching them flutter around our back window in our flower garden drinking from our feeder too. Amazing! As always, thanks for having your camera ready to capture the moment.

School for Us said...

What a wonderful experience...not only to help a hummingbird, but to HOLD this tiny creature! What an incredible gift!

Missi said...

martha...the hummingbird whisperer....*wink*

bayoujac said...

LOL - what Missi said!

What a great experience to share with your boys!
Thanks for sharing.

live4evermom said...

Thank you all for commenting. It was really nice to see you all on here.

Kris said...

Thanks for submitting this, too! Neat story...

sarah in the woods said...

What a great experience! When I was a teenager I used to hold hummingbirds. Pick up your hummingbird feeder and stand close to where you normally hang it. Hold it from the bottom so your fingers curl up to act as perches. Stand as still as possible and be very patient. Do this for several days. The hummingbirds will get used to you standing there and will come sit on your fingers to drink. It won't take as long as you might expect. I haven't done this in so long, but you make me want to do it again!

live4evermom said...

Sarah, we'll have to try to be the feeder one day and see if we get some to land on us too.

B.A.M. said...

Completely AWESOME!!!!! I am jealous =) No seriously I am so happy for you and your family that you got to experience that!!! Be Blessed!, Angie in GA