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I had read an article that suggested keeping hummingbird feeders out year round in our area and my interesting experience during one of the snow storms this last winter certainly made me glad I had remembered to do that for the little birds.

I was sitting by the window to our deck and watched a little hummer come to eat. He ate, perched a bit and stayed around. All of a sudden I caught a movement and watched him fall off the perch and land upside down in the snow under the feeder area. He was still alive so I quickly and carefully picked him up and brought him inside. He didn't seem to struggle at all and we tried to give him a little hummer food but he wouldn't open his beak. After a bit of this he started to open his wings so we held open the door a bit, I put my hand outside and he finally flew off.

Amazing - and I was oh so happy that I didn't have to watch him die (or be holding him when he did. We think he probably just perched too long in the open on the feeder ledge and got too cold. Found out later from a friend that does a lot of bird watching that this is torpor and the hummers use it as a way to survive the cold and low food supply but usually at night and they usually stay on the perches. (trees or feeders)

Poor baby. But he came back (or a buddy) and landed on the deck again, this time he was upright with wings outstretched. When I opened the door to pick him up out of the snow he flew off so guess a gust of wind caught him at just the wrong time.

 

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