Yesterday we blogged a bit about cameras and birds and our summer vacation. Today we share one more story relating to that theme but one that has a practical suggestion for those of you who love hummingbirds and also have large windows.
The dining room at the ranch we visited last week has several large glass windows so the guests can see the large vistas while they eat. At three of these windows are hummingbird feeders but three others lack feeders. The window where we sat, facing west, did not have one. From the outside, the window reflected the large vista perfectly and hummingbirds kept flying into the window. Twice, they flew into it so hard that they knocked themselves to the ground. We rescued them both, acquiring the moniker “Lord and Lady Hummingbird.”
On both occasions, we were in the dining room and our cameras were not. Lord Hummingbird performed the first rescue. He held the hummingbird in his hand for several minutes. Then Lord Hummingbird held the bird up to one of the feeders and inserted its beak into the nectar. Then Lord Hummingbird sat the little bird on one of the perches on the feeder. But the bird did not want to leave Lord Hummingbird yet so it flew onto Lord Hummingbird’s head where it stayed for several more minutes before flying off. There isn’t much you can do with a hummingbird on your head except just stand there. Without a camera, Lady Hummingbird couldn’t even take a picture which is why this post lacks one.
After the second rescue, this one by Lady Hummingbird, we suggested to the nice people operating the ranch that they ought to either put some decals on the window or – better yet – put up a feeder in the window so the birds would know that they should slow down and not fly into that perfect reflection of the real world. If you prefer the decals, over at the FatFinch.com you can see what we are talking about. Or if you need some more feeders, which really work better, several varieties are for sale.
Birds killing themselves flying into windows is one of the leading causes of avian deaths. It really is a serious issue and one which we discuss further.