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This past weekend in Nashville, hubby was outside and calling for me. I thought that the door was locked and went and he was not there and he kept calling me--scared me--thought he was having heart attack or something, so I went runnig outside. He had this tiny hummingbird in his hand and it was ALIVE. I have never see a hummingbird in anyone's hand that was alive. Hubby was paniced and so was the bird. It was in the garage and he had seen it fly in and then on its' back in the garage window. The poor little thing had gotten trapped in a spider web. Well he had gotten it out of the web but it had the silk all around it and couldn't fly. It was so tiny and was crying. We were so scared that we woud hurt it but very tenderly picked the web off of it. It just laid in his had as if it knew we were helping. As the last bit came off, it flew! I am still patting him on his back for saving the hummingbird. What an amazing experience.
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Wow! That is an amazing experience! Your hubby is a good guy!


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I love hummingbirds, I planted several Birds of Paradise in our backyard and another (?can't recall the name) that they are attracted to... How neat to save one! That's an odd food chain occurance, you'd think the hummingbird would catch the spider.
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What a great story I am glad you're husband was able to help the little bird. I watch about 20 hummingbirds everyday through my living room windows while they eat out of my feeders. Cute little things

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great story!




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What a hero! My DH loves our hummingbirds and faithfully mixes up the sugar water for them and refills the feeders every few days. We enjoy watching them through our picture window every day. We are having a problem right now with the bees eating most of the nectar, though. Has anyone ever had this problem?

Kara: I think they only eat nectar - no bugs!

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I've watched and documented 2 different hummingbird "families" from the building of the nest to the babies flying off
The female will feed them with a mixture of nectar and tiny insects and spiders, that she will collect in her crop and regurgitate the mixture into the mouths of the young. The insects and spiders will provide the protein that the baby hummingbirds need to grow.

The baby hummingbirds will be ready to leave the hummingbird nest in about three weeks.

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That story gave me goose bumps. I love it. I could kiss your husband. He is special.

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This past weekend in Nashville, hubby was outside and calling for me. I thought that the door was locked and went and he was not there and he kept calling me--scared me--thought he was having heart attack or something, so I went runnig outside. He had this tiny hummingbird in his hand and it was ALIVE. I have never see a hummingbird in anyone's hand that was alive. Hubby was paniced and so was the bird. It was in the garage and he had seen it fly in and then on its' back in the garage window. The poor little thing had gotten trapped in a spider web. Well he had gotten it out of the web but it had the silk all around it and couldn't fly. It was so tiny and was crying. We were so scared that we woud hurt it but very tenderly picked the web off of it. It just laid in his had as if it knew we were helping. As the last bit came off, it flew! I am still patting him on his back for saving the hummingbird. What an amazing experience.

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I'm so glad the two of you saved that tiny bird. We love hummingbirds and have feeders also and enjoy watching them fight over them. That is amazing to be able to hold one!!


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