[va-richmond-general] Hummingbird

  • From: "Nelda Snyder" <snyderfolks@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "va-richmond-general" <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 16:07:09 -0400

I held a hummingbird on my hand today for 21 minutes!  I had glanced out the 
door and was sickened to see a hummer lying on the porch floor.  She was 
breathing so I "righted" her and she clung to my finger--surprisingly.  After a 
few minutes of staying very still (while my crouched legs and feet fell 
asleep), I moved a bit to sit, and she fluttered her wings slightly and moved 
to the other side of my palm.  And we sat--and sat--and sat while the other 
female visited the feeder a few feet away.  I turned my hand a bit so she could 
see the luscious fuchsia plant and the feeder above it.  Still we sat.  Time 
stood still while I studied her beautiful feathers from my overhead 
position--tiny feathers over her eyes looked like eyelashes, the tiny white 
feathers at the back corners of her eyes, the pattern of green and charcoal 
feather clumps running back from her beak up over her head almost looked like 
she'd had a "cornrow" hairdo.  Finally, this special occasion came to a happy e
 nd when she took off on a steady and determined flight across the yard into 
the tall trees.  No Memorial Day service for her.  Nature is good.


Nelda Snyder

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