[Tweeters] Humming bird died on feeder

Rebecca Westby rebeccakw at mac.com
Wed Jun 17 14:00:00 PDT 2009


Your theory makes perfect sense to me. It was as if the feeder perch
was where he was supposed to spend his time, even if he didn't feel
like eating.

Thanks for your story.


On Jun 17, 2009, at 1:45 PM, Cleo Andreasen wrote:

> He probably died of old age.....My sister had a Rufous that had

> been coming for 7 years. Always the same feeder and always him old

> bossy self. Well one spring he just sat and sat. You could touch

> him and he didn't mind. Finally we found him dead under the feeder

> so buried him under the rhody bush and he blooms every spring. Sad

> but guess that is life. Take care.

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Rebecca Westby"

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Humming bird died on feeder



>> Hi all. I never have posted here, so Im not sure what to expect,

>> but here goes:


>> A couple of days ago I noticed a rufous sitting on my window-

>> mounted feeder with his beak held up and opened. He sat this way

>> for several minutes and wouldn't budge when other hummers tried to

>> crowd his space. I wasn't sure what to make of this strange

>> behavior until I noticed he was also shaking a bit. I went out to

>> get a closer look and he got spooked and flew to the other window

>> feeder, where he sat in the same manner, beak held high and open.

>> I think I observed his tongue hanging out.


>> He was obviously stressed, injured, or sick, so I just watched him

>> throughout the evening, until eventually his mouth closed and the

>> sun went down. After dark I noticed he was still there, so I

>> figured by morning he might be lying on the deck floor below.


>> In the morning he was still on his perch, but his eyes were

>> closed and he was swaying gently in the breeze. I went out and

>> gently put my hand over him and attempted to pick him off the

>> perch, but his tiny feet were gripped firmly. I managed to pry

>> him off, and then laid him in a box with a blanket of kleenex. I

>> put the lid on and checked on him every hour or so. He was

>> obviously unconscious, but still breathing, and hopefully wasn't

>> feeling any pain. After several hours he finally stopped breathing.


>> Has anyone else observed this kind of behavior and does anyone

>> know what might have afflicted him? I had just changed the sugar

>> water hours before he landed, but the water that had been in

>> there was a couple of weeks old. Could it have fermented or gone

>> bad during that time? I usually change it every week or so. Or

>> maybe he just got sick or injured?


>> Thanks for any similar stories or ideas you might want to share.


>> Becky Westby

>> Grapeview, WA

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