good deed for the day

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A hummingbird got in the house. Then decided the only way out was to fly at the highest windows in the living room (which are about 20 feet high).

Poor little thing was humming away without any sense to go out either the open front door or the open sliding glass door just underneath.

I get out the ladder, climb on up, and she’s so tired she doesn’t hum away from my hands. I slowly get my hands around her, climb down the ladder, and walk out the door. She doesn’t put up a fight.

I open my hands once outside, she just lays there. She looks at me, I look down at her. The setting sun casts the barest light showing the iridescent green on its back. I know her species. A female black-chinned hummingbird.

I hold out my hand, she stands up. Perches on my index finger for about five seconds, checking out the neighborhood. Then takes off in a blur along the branches of the cedar and out across the street.

Haven’t seen a hummingbird around here for a good month. This one must be on its way from somewhere to somewhere else and got a little lost, or slept in too long when the rest continued on to warmer parts. Hopefully, she didn’t get too worn out and will happily take a little rest, snack on a little spider or bug, then continue on fruitfully to her destination.

6 Responses to “good deed for the day”

  1. spider Says:

    *makes a note to avoid hummingbirds*

  2. sonja Says:

    Sending your post to my mother, who will enjoy it. She loves hummingbirds, as do I.

  3. Patrick Says:

    They are beautiful birds, so bold for their size. Holding one in my hand will be a treasured memory, especially the few seconds it perched on my finger.

    Seeing it in a frenzy like she was really worried me, because I figured I would have to wait until she was completely exhausted, by which point it would probably be too late to help. I’m not sure other birds would have let me.

    That she almost calmly let me hold onto her, and didn’t squirm in the least while I carried her outside was an odd blessing for me, because she let me help. My day seemed to take on a new joy after that.

    How can a person not like hummingbirds? Well, unless you’re a spider. 🙂

  4. marie Says:

    I adore this story about the hummingbird! The birds are here to say: God works in delightful, creative ways!

  5. Zippy Says:

    Once when I was about 8, I held a hummingbird, rescued from the garage window. I still remember it vividly. It was like holding a piece of light in my hand.

  6. Sparrow Says:

    What a lovely experience! I love hummingbirds–they remind me of my grandma because she has a feeder right outside her kitchen window so we can watch them eat while washing dishes.

    (Sparrow from FW)