A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird had flown into one of the picture windows and fallen to the patio below. It's body was no longer then my pinky finger and it was the most vibrant living creature I have ever seen. Clearly dazed, it didn't fight as I held it...it just sort of perched there on my hand. At first it sat with it's wings outstretched. After about a minute, it folded it's wings in and still just sat there with it's eyes closed.
I couldn't believe how beautiful it was! The red and green iridescent feathers glistened in the sun. That tiny bill was thinner then a toothpick. It's wing feathers were almost sheer when it's wings were opened. I moved over to the rock garden where it was quieter and just sat there with it on my hand.
I sat there for several minutes as he slowly came around. First his delicate little feet started to grip my hand. Then his eyes opened slowly, but still he just sat. I wasn't sure how aware he was to me holding him, or how scared of me he would normally be. Since he seemed to be balancing fine I decided to move him to the perch on the hummingbird feeder. I lifted him all the way up to the perch and nudged his feet with it. He stepped onto it and I simply backed away.
He sat there for another minute and hubby got up to look at him. I asked "do you think he's going to be ok?" Hubby was just replying that 'no, he's probably not gonna make it', when the little guy zoomed away from the feeder into the trees! Seconds later he zoomed back and landed back on the perch and got a drink of the hummingbird nectar then zoomed back off.
We didn't see him after that and I hope that he makes it. He probably has a huge headache today from his impact with the window. Thankfully his bill or wings didn't seem broke. I love watching the hummingbirds at the feeder and even make them fresh nectar every week, but have never had the opportunity to study one close up for so long. What a fabulous experience and just one more reason I love living here in the middle of nowhere!