Hummingbird in Hand

Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird

WOW! I just touched a hummingbird! I’ve never done that before in my life!

I was clearing the morning dishes from the table and heard a loud hum. An emerald colored hummingbird flew in the open front door and tried to go out the cottage’s huge front window right in front of me. It wasn’t slamming against the glass – a benefit of slightly dirty windows. But it was fixated on going to the light which just wasn’t going to work.

I got my long handled duster to gently herded it back towards the door when it got caught in a huge spider web. Wow! I didn’t know spiders could catch hummingbirds but apparently they can. This is the big grey garden spider.

After waiting to see if the bird would free itself I gently plucked the hummingbird out of the web with a dust wand and carried it outside. After I disentangled it from the web fragments the bird stayed calm in my hands and then buzzed away right as rain. That was pretty cool!

Side View

The side view is a low quality image but it shows no red on the throat which matches what my eyes saw. Googling I did find photos of male Ruby Throated Hummingbirds which didn’t have the ruby on the throat so I think it is indeed that species. Anyone with better bird identification skills care to weigh in comments?

This isn’t the first time that I’ve freed a small bird. See the article Bird on a Burr for another example of a trapped bird which in that case was caught by a plant.

Outdoors: 80°F/62°F Overcast, Light Rains
Tiny Cottage: 75°F/68°F

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3 Responses to Hummingbird in Hand

  1. aminthepm says:

    Could be a juvenile.

  2. Jessica says:

    It’s a female. Males have a forked tale as well as the red throat.

  3. Nance says:

    I would love to have a hummingbird sit on my hand. I’ve seen photos and read articles telling of such. We have hummers in northern Missouri/southern Iowa. They are so busy and bossy and aggressive now as they are feeding and feasting preparing for their long trip to South America.

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