Today was an extra-special day - and not because of the royal wedding. Today I was privileged to hold a hummingbird in my hand! We were watching tv (yes, it was a program about William and Kate's big day) when suddenly there was a THUNK at the sliding glass doors. Mo was instantly interested, and when I went to find out why, I found there was a stunned hummingbird lying in a tiny heap on the deck. I went outside and carefully picked him up, trying to see if he really was alive.
Soon enough I saw that he was breathing and shaking his shining head back and forth unsteadily. We hoped that if we gave him some sugar water he might revive. I quickly sprinkled some sugar into a small bowl, put a bit of water on it and stirred. Dipping my fingertip into the sweetened water, I hoped that the drop clinging to it would appeal to this little guy. For a few minutes it didn't look too promising - he just kept shaking his head and refusing to drink. Eventually though his tiny little tongue began flickering and he drank quite a bit!
Mo came around to investigate and he began to struggle. So I took him outside, opened my hand, and he made a bee-line for the trees. What a privilege to hold such a quicksilver creature! I am grateful for the gift, and that he recovered.