Dismay, even grief, turned to relief, even joy

mehitabel(z6 MO)September 13, 2013

As we were just leaving the house early this afternoon I saw a hummer had come into the garage (couldonly have been a few minutes before).

I had read about hummers trapped in garages, and put a feeder in the door, everything red I could find in the house just outside the door.

The trouble I think, is they remember how to get in, so they keep going to the side of the garage where the door is, but the open door prevents them from seeing the door opening so they fly desperately around up there, flying against the ceiling, but never getting to where they can actually *see* how to get out.

He just wore himself out then would cling to the wire or struts for the mechanism. It is so distressing to see them so frightened and not be able to help them.

Finally I decided to just let him have some peace to calm himself and get the courage to try again to get out. Left the doors half open to reduce the amount of blockage of his sight of the door, and left the red all over outside. When I peeked out just now (app 3 hours later) he was gone!

What a relief! Thank heavens, and it's still two hours til dark so he can eat himself fat again before dark.

I told my husband we have to get rid of or hide every single red tool, bucket, anything in that garage. And the tag! !!!

And I think next time I won't stress out so much, or try so hard to "help", all the while scaring the poor thing to death. I'll just leave the door open, put all the red out there, and give him enough peace so he can think his own way out.

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mehitabel(z6 MO)

bumping this down

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 9:35PM
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terrene(5b MA)

Glad to hear the hummer got out okay!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 9:39PM
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mboston_gw

A neighbor had the same problem. A hummer would fly in when it saw the red cord hanging down from the garage door mechanism.
She finally got the bird out and painted the red part white. Solved the problem.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:53AM
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hummersteve

Yes it is the red cord handle that attracts them to the garage entrance so painting a different color would help. I have had hummers fly in but they always just fly back out. My garage attic is closed off and my ceiling is not high so I think that cuts them off, anyway never had a problem with hummers getting trapped in the garage.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 12:47PM
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