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Have you ever had to do a hummingbird rescue?

We’ve had to perform hummingbird rescue. In fact, we’ve had hummingbirds decide that our open front door was an invitation to explore inside. And, when that happens, they This happens especially in spring when they’ve been darting about just outside the door. And, in our garden that can happen any time of year. That’s because we’ve designed a year round hummingbird habitat garden!

Acanthus blooming

Blooming Acanthus is a hummingbird favorite in summer.

If you follow the hummingbird behavior…

So, for instance, based on flight behavior and the chirping hummingbirds do as they approach their nests, we should have known they were nesting by the door too. And, because we have so many windows, it wasn’t terribly surprising that one would make their way into the house. Still, it was quite a worrisome moment.

(Want to hear hummingbird chirps? Listen in this hummingbird video.)

Before then I’d never touched a hummingbird, let alone done a hummingbird rescue.

So, what happens when a hummingbird comes inside?

hummingbird rescue required

This hummingbird looks injured, but really she’s just a bit shocked to have met with a window – surprise!

When birds fly indoors, they tend to head straight for our large window. That’s because they look like exits.

Sadly, they often fly into the glass. And, that may stun them.

So, how did we rescue these poor strays?

  • I carefully lifting the tiny bird and cupped her in the palm of my hand.
  • She was awake but remained frozen, likely playing possum.
  • In fact when I opened my fingers wide outside the door, she would neither fly away nor latch onto the Acanthus in front of her.
  • So I delicately set her inert body on the soil of a hanging planter, high above the ground where predators probably wouldn’t reach her.
  • Yet, she still didn’t move.
  • But, a moment later & bzzzzt! she was gone.

So what if the bird is hurt or can’t support itself?

When rescuing an injured bird, you may need to seek out a wildlife refuge. Fortunately, many of these will do hummingbird rescue and relocation.

Learn more about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation options in this article.

2 comments on “Hummingbird Rescue

  1. Steve on

    I found a hummingbird on the sidewalk. I could not fly but flaps it’s wings. I have it in the house with sugar water. Can someone take it?

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