Strange, True Hummer Story
Today was field day at the elementary school where I teach. The gym doors were open all day so that kids could come and go to various activities and a female RTH flew in at some point. She flew up to the white ceiling and bopped around, but would not come down.
After school I turned out the lights and left the doors open hoping she would fly down to the light coming in from outside. No such luck. I had appointments this afternoon, so I had to leave.
This evening, I went back to see if I could get her out. I took a skimmer from our kiddie pool and a small tub of hummer juice. The skimmer was of no use at all in that massive space. All I managed to do with it was break it. I got out the electric lift and went up to the ceiling in the dark to keep the hummer from taking off. It only took me three different positions on the gym floor, lifting up, coming back down, and lining up with the hummer before I was able to reach out and scoop her off of a ceiling beam.
She must have been pretty weak after being up there all afternoon, but she peeped the whole way back down to the ground. I was now operating the lift one handed since she was in one hand. The janitor, who I asked to keep an eye out for me, just left. Anyway, by the time I got her outside, she had passed out.
I was worried that she was going to die. She was in shock, I guess and totally passed out in my hand. I must have sat on the sidewalk with her for at least thirty minutes. At last her eyes opened, but she sat there in a daze.
I put her beak into a tub of hummer juice and eventually, she began to drink and then drank very deeply. She sat in my hand for a few more minutes. Then she turned her head, gave me a look, and her wings blurred into life. She flew high up over a maple tree and was gone.
It was just at sunset. I hope she makes it. I also hope she did not have a nest waiting for her return all that time.
I am amazed at how tiny she was. She was smaller than even one of my fingers and weighed next to nothing. I cannot believe I held that little jewel in my hand for so long. I hope never to need to do that again (had a similar experience with a hummer in the neighbor's garage once) but will never, ever, forget the thrill I felt when she returned to the sky and buzzed away.