Trapped in My Garage
Val McClellan of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Dear Journey North,
My name is Val McClellan from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. I had a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in our garage for 2 days. It was flying up in the rafters and would not fly down and out. I tried hanging a feeder from the rafters, set up so that I could lower the feeder if the hummingbird started feeding at it. I also brought in a flowering plant and placed it on top of a ladder. These tricks worked the last time I had a hummingbird in the garage, but not this time.
I saw that it was not feeding, so I put nectar in several shot glasses
and placed them on top of the beams, in the rafters. It still would not
go to the glasses. I stood on the top of a ladder with my head in the rafter
area. The hummingbird would fly up to me and perch on a wire. I held out
my hand and the hummingbird flew to it and perched on my finger. It would
fly up to the peak in the garage and then back to my finger. I could feel
the warmth from the little bird through its feet. Quite an awesome experience.
I then held the glass and it drank!
The hummingbird returned to the garage the next day. It figured out how to get out. It flies to the feeder and then back outside. I gradually returned this feeder to the hanger in the backyard.
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