A very caring little bird story


Last summer my husband and I bought two beautiful new light green painted rocking chairs for our deck. We had to assemble them, which was a monumental effort, as self-assembly projects can sometimes be. But when they were ready, we put them into place with a perfect view of our hummingbird feeder.

The first hummer to visit our backyard was a beautiful male ruby throated hummingbird. He was a lone little guy taking full advantage of all of the homemade nectar we provided, and the deep pink flowers below. But it wasn’t too long before three females came into town and chased the poor little guy away. The three females were constantly fighting for “ownership” of our backyard territory. Eventually one dominant female won full rights. My husband and I would sit and watch her every sunny day. She grew used to us and didn’t mind our presence, just eight feet away. She’d zip back and forth as my husband and I rocked back and forth on our new chairs.

My husband is a big guy, and unfortunately the green wooden rocking chair wasn’t as strong as we’d hoped. One afternoon he rocked back too far and “Crack!” went the rocker. He fell backwards, but was fortunately prevented from serious injury by a large potted shrub that caught him. He screamed for help, so I grabbed his arms to help hoist him back upwards. All the while our sweet lady hummingbird sat atop the nearby lilac bush, just six feet away, staring right at the upset scene. Once my husband was upright she continued to stare right at him, sitting still for what seemed like 30 seconds. Then when it was clear he was safe, she flew off satisfied that all was well.

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Our new rocking chairs near the lilac lookout

We look forward to seeing our hummers again this year. The feeder is out patiently awaiting their return and the flowers are beginning to bloom. This year we have two new much sturdier rocking chairs (pictured). Hopefully our concerned angel will be back to keep her eye on us again.









32 thoughts on “A very caring little bird story

    • updownflight April 30, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you, yuhublogger. Yes, definitely. And the more I observe them (wild animals, as well as domesticated) I recognize an intelligence and humanity that isn’t always evident to most people.

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  1. Vinay C April 30, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    This was yet another amazing post! Your stories are heart-warming! And your blog is just amazing never short of amazing content! Thank you for sharing it!

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  2. sweethandlettering April 30, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    What a sweet story! It made me smile and gave me a happy feeling. So happy I decided to read this before sleeping. Now I am sure I will sleep well and that I will dream about cute little birds. Thank you!

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    • updownflight April 30, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      Thank you, sweethandlettering! I hope you do dream about sweet little birds.

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  3. chaos-xd May 1, 2017 / 8:24 am

    That picture is so beautiful! I hope your story gets published! 😙👌

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    • updownflight May 1, 2017 / 11:56 am

      Thank you, chaos-xd. I hope my story is published, too. It would also be such a nice honor for the lady hummingbird.

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  4. Mohamad Al Karbi May 1, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    It’s very touching. Animals recognize our love and caring and many times I could feel they return the favor back! Many blessings for your efforts and hope your husband is ok…

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    • updownflight May 1, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you, Mohamad Al Karbi. My husband is OK thanks to the shrub that was behind him.

      I really enjoy observing animals. Wild as well as domesticated. I agree with you that they recognize love and caring. They are very sweet. Do you have a pet? Do you have many wild animals and birds in your area? I bet they love your lovely house with all of the beautiful plants.

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      • Mohamad Al Karbi May 1, 2017 / 12:40 pm

        Yes, we used to have many Canary in cages. But they were able to recognize my dad and sing for him when he enters the house. We also used to have pigeons and swallows visit our yard often. The plants and the tree are very helping especially for nests. Not to mention cats (Mainly visitors and they many)…

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      • updownflight May 1, 2017 / 12:59 pm

        Oh, I hope the cats didn’t eat too many pigeons and swallows. I imagine the canaries were lovely pets. I’ve had small parrots.

        We once had a pair of Mourning doves nest on our rose arbor. We caught a peek of their little squabs.

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      • Mohamad Al Karbi May 1, 2017 / 1:06 pm

        I believe most of the cats visited us were actually seeking the birds not us! hehehe
        I once had a small parrot from Holland that doesn’t speak. He used to spend most of his time on my studying table. Most of my college books were trimmed by him. He used to get back to his cage (alone) by sunset… Then, he suddenly flied away and never got back!

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      • updownflight May 1, 2017 / 1:27 pm

        I’m sorry that your parrot flew away. I hope he managed to make a life for himself in the wild. I know some do. There are wild parrots from escapees in San Francisco, CA and some in Amsterdam, Holland and probably many other places.

        My parrot liked to put his “stamps” on our papers too.

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    • updownflight May 8, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Thank you, jacqueline. The little hummingbirds are a wonderful delight. It always amazes me how intelligent and sweet animals can be, even little teeny birds their size.

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    • updownflight May 8, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Aww, thank you for sharing my little hummingbird story. I am happy if it gives people a warm feeling.


  5. Maggie June 5, 2017 / 4:42 am

    Great story, I love watching the hammers, and other birds, including the Orioles, who love to go to the hummingbird feeder if all the food in their feeder is gone. I am glad that your husband did not get hurt.

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    • updownflight June 5, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      Thanks Maggie! I’m excited to say that we saw our first hummer of the year this past weekend. I know what you mean about other birds trying to go to the hummingbird feeder. I think they get angry there is no seed. They usually leave a mess on it though, if you know what I mean.

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