I received a call from a nice young lady who found a hurt hummingbird on a curb. She listened carefully to my instructions on how to stabilize and transport the bird safely. She couldn't find a ride, so she and her husband and baby traveled 21/2 hours by bus to bring me the bird. Once it arrived, it was clear that it had been caught and injured by a cat. Many of the tail feathers were missing, a leg was weak and one wing was not right. She was warmed and bathed (to get the cat saliva off, to limit the bacteria), medicated for pain and put in a small, lined box on low heat. As she felt better, she started moving around...a lot.
To my surprise, she laid an egg! She was too injured to take care of it, so was completely ignoring it. I put it in an old hummingbird nest, just in case.
Sadly, her injuries were too grave, so she was humanely euthanized.
Hummingbirds almost always have 2 eggs, so the death toll for this was most likely 3 birds.
Poor girl, she was only trying to be a mom. What a waste.
The positive to this, was that I found some amazing people who went to extreme lengths to find help for the helpless.
Please, please keep kitties indoors. Its better for them and so much safer for our wildlife.
Caught in the rain
An adult make Allen’s was found on the ground in Newport Beach on 12/23. Animal Control was called and the officer found him on the ground completely wet and not moving. She quickly picked him up and kept him in her warm hand while she drove to Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center. Once there he was put in the incubator to continue warming. He became more alert and was given sugar water. After a few hours he was buzzing around in his little box.
Hummingbirds are water resistant due to a little gland that secretes oil. When they preen they spread this oil over their feathers which gives them their weather proofing. It is unknown why this guy was on the ground and completely saturated. He probably got in a fight with another male and was knocked to the ground during the rain and by the time he came to his senses he was too wet to fly so became very cold. Lucky guy that he was found. He will be released when there is a break in the rain.
My name is Anne Stratton and I am a retired RN. I have been rehabbing for 10 years and specializing in hummingbirds for 5 years. In 2019 I rehabbed (with the help of some awesome volunteers) over 750 birds in my home in Huntington Beach, CA. I have come to admire and respect these little birds for their strong wills and spunkiness. They are extremely smart with individual personalities. I have learned that they are similar to humans, with the same body parts and internal organs, just modified for their uniqueness. It is a privilege to work with them and to release them to the "wilds" of OC, bringing pleasure to those who take the time to enjoy them.