See him there? That little black dot against the ceiling?
Out the door little guy.
The door THE DOOR!
Ok, well he'll figure it out eventually...
45 minutes later...
Hour and a half...
Now, remember Hummingbird have an extremely fast metabolism.
On the average they need to eat every fifteen minutes....
He just couldn't get low enough to out the door and I was beginning to worry.
I chased him around with a broom until he collapsed on the top shelf of my kitchen cabinets.
I carefully climbed up with a scarf in hand and caught him. He was too tired to fight.
I took him outside but he wouldn't fly off, his reserves were spent.
I got a tiny drop of honey and dabbed it on his tongue.
After a minute or so I took him back outside.
Finally...ZOOM and whir he was off in a blur.
Stay safe little friend.
That's a Rufous Tailed Hummingbird BTW
Here's a better shot from somewhere on the web.
That flower he's eating from is a Calliandra species. They grow wild all over this area.
We have a LOT of hummingbirds here but we don't put up feeders. Just flowers. I prefer they eat natural nectar as opposed to sugar syrup. The syrup can ferment in hot conditions and become unhealthy for them.