LITTLE BIRDIE

God loved the birds and invented trees.  Man loved the birds and invented cages.  ~Jacques Deval

On our weekly goat walk yesterday in the lower Arroyo Seco (under the Colorado Street Bridge) I spotted this little fella/gal on the ground in a bunch of leaves.  It was nearing dusk, we couldn’t find the nest and we couldn’t leave it out there all alone on the trail so we bought the wee one home.

Late last night, Jordanne has contacted some hummingbird rescue people do see how to properly care and feed this baby.  Till we hear otherwise, we’ve been feeding it Nutri Drench and powdered puppy formula for protein.

As of this morning, it’s still alive, eating, preening and occasionally calling for its mommy.  We”ve rescued a lot of wildlife in our days, but this is the first hummingbird!

Comments(10)

  1. Susy says:

    What a cutie. We have nesting hummingbirds around our house and I love wathing the young ones when they leave the nest. Hopefully he or she makes it!

  2. Susy says:

    What a cutie. We have nesting hummingbirds around our house and I love wathing the young ones when they leave the nest. Hopefully he or she makes it!

  3. Brandi says:

    Oh my! It doesn’t get any cuter than that. Wishing health for that little one.

  4. Brandi says:

    Oh my! It doesn’t get any cuter than that. Wishing health for that little one.

  5. Marci says:

    He is so cute. It is hard to imagine how tiny he must be seeing him by your fingernail. Thanks for sharing his picture.

  6. Marci says:

    He is so cute. It is hard to imagine how tiny he must be seeing him by your fingernail. Thanks for sharing his picture.

  7. Vicki Atz says:

    Isn’t this the sweetest thing! How tiny he/she must be ! I hope to hear an update on the little one !! We’re gearing up for the Hummers in Houston..they’re on the way, actually some have arrrived ! Such beautiful gems ! Love, you all, Vicki

    • Alain says:

      Hi every one,

      bird lover too, and I dont want to make any trouble or anything but for the knowledge of all and surprisingly for often the safety of young birds which will sometime die from a sudden change of diet, it is good to know that in this season, finding a bird on the ground can be actualy a pretty normal process and they shouldn t be touch by the reason that sooner or later bird leave the nest to learn to fly and often it will stay for few hours on the ground, just trying sporadicly to fly back to the nest till they succed, and overhtere they still need the mother’s food since still depending on it. Nature knows what it does and often if a bird tries a first flight out of the nest, it’s that it is usualy ready for it, aside of a few glitches hence the few hours on the ground… I hope the hummingbird makes it , but it’s a knowledge to share for all those that would systematiquely thing that a bird on the ground needs to be picked up, especialy if it’s a young one. Think also that even if the bird makes it, unless you keep him for life, he would still need his mother on most situation because it will be the one to train it for getting its food and how it has to live once out of the nest, things we cannot do. So again think twice when you see a young bird on ground before you pick him up for all the above mentioned ( and shouldn t touch it either if you don t want the mother this time to abandon it, which they sometime do if they find another smell on their brood)

  8. Vicki Atz says:

    Isn’t this the sweetest thing! How tiny he/she must be ! I hope to hear an update on the little one !! We’re gearing up for the Hummers in Houston..they’re on the way, actually some have arrrived ! Such beautiful gems ! Love, you all, Vicki

    • Alain says:

      Hi every one,

      bird lover too, and I dont want to make any trouble or anything but for the knowledge of all and surprisingly for often the safety of young birds which will sometime die from a sudden change of diet, it is good to know that in this season, finding a bird on the ground can be actualy a pretty normal process and they shouldn t be touch by the reason that sooner or later bird leave the nest to learn to fly and often it will stay for few hours on the ground, just trying sporadicly to fly back to the nest till they succed, and overhtere they still need the mother’s food since still depending on it. Nature knows what it does and often if a bird tries a first flight out of the nest, it’s that it is usualy ready for it, aside of a few glitches hence the few hours on the ground… I hope the hummingbird makes it , but it’s a knowledge to share for all those that would systematiquely thing that a bird on the ground needs to be picked up, especialy if it’s a young one. Think also that even if the bird makes it, unless you keep him for life, he would still need his mother on most situation because it will be the one to train it for getting its food and how it has to live once out of the nest, things we cannot do. So again think twice when you see a young bird on ground before you pick him up for all the above mentioned ( and shouldn t touch it either if you don t want the mother this time to abandon it, which they sometime do if they find another smell on their brood)

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