Monday, November 8, 2010

wonder


Sitting at my computer last night I heard something hit the sliding glass door. Then again, and when I looked, it was a hummingbird trying to get inside, hitting the glass door over and over. I jumped up and told it not to do it, over and over, but it for some reason wouldn't listen. I was kind of paralyzed because I didn't want to open the door and have it come in. M heard me and came out to see, while I went out the other door. In the meantime he went outside and was trying to catch it. I was very scared, since they seem so fragile, and I remembered the moth I accidentally killed. But he got it in his hands like a butterfly, and it simply sat there, apparently holding on to his fingers with its tiny little feet. So weird and so amazing. It just sat there and could have continued, but we wanted it to be free so sent it off flying upward drunkenly into the night.

Now I obsess about how it is, whether we should have brought it to the feeder to drink before it flew off, why it was hitting the glass. I gotta let it go. Deep breath...

7 comments:

laura b. said...

Poor little guy was confused! I'm sure getting him going was all he needed and that he is fine now.

3GirlKnight said...

I was curious so I did a little research. There are a couple of theories. They're all the result of the glass being reflective. Either they think they're challenging another bird or trying to get to something else it sees, like a tree or even the feeder. Birds are tougher than they seem. He'll be fine.

Mel said...

I was going on experience similiar to yours--only it was the dining room window. I have them zooming at each other, guarding the feeder so I can easily buy into the little fella trying to chase off the reflection he thinks is trying to lay claim to HIS feeder. He was too high up to catch, but he did eventually 'get it' and resigned once the sun shifted and the reflection changed.
They are resilient creatures. I'm of the belief that he's fine as well.

Churlita said...

Man, your windows must be a lot cleaner than mine.

Ananda girl said...

How cool that it stayed in his hand! I have never gotten to see one up close like that. I'm sure it was gratefull to be moved from the glass door and its confusion ended.

NoRegrets said...

thank you all. I'm sure he was ok... I was just obsessing...

NoRegrets said...

Churlita, not really. remember it was nighttime...