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Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Oct 4, 2016 12:55 PM CST
This morning, something very unexpected happened. My husband found a hummingbird on the mat outside our back porch. It was alive, probably ran into the glass storm door and knocked itself out. I picked up birdie not really knowing what to do, but I decided it was too cool where I was, perhaps heat would help it, plus perhaps I could get some sugar water to it if it began to revive. I went to a sunny spot and I used sugar water from one of the feeders. I could see that birdie was blinking its eyes, so that gave me hope it would eventually be fine. I put sugar water on my fingers and dropped it on its beak. I kept this up for a couple of minutes and then I saw the little tongue come out and began to taste the sugar water. Then I decided that a spoon of sugar water would be better, so carrying birdie, I went into the house, got a spoon and then went back outside, Now I could put its beak more into the liquid. Hooray, the tongue started getting busier and busier sucking up the liquid. Then birdie began to move and flex its wings. More sugar water, more movement, and then ta-da--it flew up into the pine tree that I was sitting underneath. I was very happy, and hopeful that it was now back to normal. I have seen the hummingbird at the feeder a couple of times now. I can only wonder if this is the female ruby throat that has overwintered here the past two years. Anyway, I am so grateful that she seems to be A-OK and somehow I did the right thing.
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 4, 2016 4:30 PM CST
What a great story Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

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GrammaChar
Oct 4, 2016 4:36 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Good for you!!! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Oct 4, 2016 8:11 PM CST
Wonderful! Good job! Hurray!
Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Oct 5, 2016 9:54 AM CST
An Amazing Experience, Indeed!!!! Hurray! Thumbs up
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Oct 5, 2016 11:03 AM CST
Hurray! Emergency care for a hummie, way to go! Now, that one will probably remember you for as long as it graces your yard.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Oct 5, 2016 11:03 AM CST
Double post.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Oct 5, 2016 1:06 PM CST
Thanks, everyone for the interest in my story. I am so glad this is a story with a happy ending, it could have turned out differently. I did decide to do some research on this situation, and found out I pretty much did everything the way the experts said to do and that does make it amazing. To all who gave acorns and thumbs up, I am sincerely grateful. I have seen our "Birdie Girl" several times at the feeders now so all seems to be well. I will let you know if she is here during the winter; we worry so much that she will not make it through the cold, but so far for two years we have had a hummer here--just hope the good luck continues if she stays.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Oct 21, 2016 7:58 PM CST
My seven-year-old read your story. She said, "I'm happy that it was not hurt that bad!"

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