Dec 16, 2010 | 4:56 AM PST This post has been edited by an administrator
Buzz is getting his morning breakfast which consist of crushed fruit flies and Nektar Plus. In case you're wondering, I have a hummingbird for a guest.. I am working with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Thomasville and a biologist in Tallahassee regarding a young male hummer that was found in late September. We think he has a concussion. Anyway, I received him back, a few weeks ago, from the biologist who kept him for almost 2 months. He will winter over at my house and if he is not able to be released by April, he will have to be placed in a facility for wild animals that are unable to be released into the wild. HOWEVER, I am hoping and praying for this little guy to make a complete recovery! Please help me pray for him!
Dec 16, 2010 | 6:27 AM PST
I have picked up several hummers that knocked themselves out flying into the glass door, but mine always recovered in a short time and flew away. It was rewarding just to hold the little creatures for a while. I will pray for yours.
Dec 17, 2010 | 6:14 AM PST
I do have pics of him when he was first found. I am going to have to take some new ones. This may be the only time I get to see a male ruby throat grow his red gorget, so I want to take pics of the different stages. In late summer we see males with one or two red feathers on their throats. When they return in the spring they have full red gorgets, so we never get to see them half way in between, around here! lol Buzz is in a 20 x 20 bird cage. He was in a very small critter carrier, initially, so he is enjoying his larger cage. Let me explain.. He has trouble flying straight. Not sure if it is his eye site or just vertigo he is having trouble with. He is self-feeding now - the first week he wasn't. He has definitely learned where the feeder is in his cage. As long as he remains calm, his circular flights aren't very dramatic as he makes a couple of passes by the feeder before he perches and feeds. If he gets nervous he spins in a tight circular pattern, which of course makes him very dizzy. When let out of the cage, he flies up, around and around and then straight down to the ground. My personal opinion is that he is having trouble seeing clearly. It is the frontal lobe portion of the brain that controls the vision - so this could be very possible. My hope is, as in humans, sometimes concussions can take a very long time to heal and that eventually the brain will learn to compensate for the trauma it has received.
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Dec 17, 2010 | 10:56 AM PST
(oops I didn't realize I ran out of room! Continued from prev. post) Buzz does better in close quarters that are familiar to him. If I place too many things in the cage, like tiny containers of flowers, it throws him off and sends him into a "tail" spin, so to speak! I will have to challenge him, gradually, to see how well he can adapt to changes in his surroundings. But for now, he seems to be doing really well, considering, and is trying to do all the normal things hummers do, within his capabilities. I'm still praying! New pics coming soon!