Thursday, March 14, 2013

TO KILL A HUMMINGBIRD

 
Oh no! Like a mockingbird, you never kill a hummingbird, why would you. Well, if you discover one flying around your clients living room with the family dog chasing it, what do you do, you think fast! Believe it or not, that's what I did. Right before the dog in mid air, chomped down on it, I in mid air, grabbed it.
 
 

 
 Having the poor thing in my hand, I thought, oh god, I broke it's wing, I killed it!
 
 
 
 It laid there in my palm with it's eyes closed, not breathing or moving forever.
 
 
 
 I wanted to die, I felt so bad, all I was trying to do was to save it from a horrible and certain death.
 
 
 

And then look who popped it's head up, rolled it's eyes, and hit the sky like a bolt of lighting!

  So the lesson is, for me that is, when life becomes dangerous and all to much, I'm going to just play dead.

27 comments:

An Urban Cottage said...

I can't wait for Nita to read this. She has a special connection to hummingbirds.

I'm impressed with the speed of your reflexes and happy that no one got hurt.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I think they get stunned. I had one hit a wall in my house and lie on top of a cabinet. I got up there and lifted him out and I too was afraid that he was dead...he was soooo still...but I went outside with him and in a minute he got up and flew away. I saw a weenie dog eat a beautiful yellow butterfly in mid air once. That was bad but a hummingbird would have been very sad, indeed.

Cathie said...

I had a similar experience with a hummingbird: my cat brought him in the house and must have stunned him (or he was playing possum, like your's) because I was able to pick him up. I placed him outside in a hanging planter and when I next looked, he was gone. I believe that he returned many times to my feeder and even hovered near my face a couple of times as if to say hello. Watch for you new friend, Kevin!

Cathie
(btw, loving he show)

Elizabeth said...

Great ending to a story that could have gone the other way! Kinda cool that you got to actually hold it though. My parakeet did this, where she hit the ceiling in my living room and it really messed her up for a bit. Then she was fine after a few min.

La Dolfina said...

So sweet!

Raina Cox said...

1. I'm delighted His Tiny-ness lived.

2. Your conclusion about the incident is brilliant.

normadesmond said...

YAY!!!

Anonymous said...

You are a hero. Bless your heart.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Kevin,

I had the same experience with a wren on a moving day, years ago. The bird flew through the open door and landed on the kitchen sink. Unlike you, I moved towards it very slowly, and as I reached out and slowly put my hands around it, the bird went into shock. I placed it outside, and it sat motionless and in shock, with its eyes wide open, for about half an hour. Then it flew away. It was an amazing experience, as I'm sure you know!

Barbara said...

I am incredibly glad that you didn't actually kill it, as hummingbirds have a weird significance to me. You see, when my brother died, my dad claimed a hummingbird visited him, and that said hummingbird was my brother. After dad died, two hummingbirds visited me. Yeah, weird. So, in my best Al Pacino voice I would have said "you killed mah father"...but I didn't have to.

Have you considered major league baseball as a career?

kacky said...

AAHHH how cool is that!!! I don't think I could have caught it that fast- yea you! I love the hummingbirds- they are so fun to watch!

Susie said...

Kevin, My husband has caught a hummingbird in flight and it did the same thing....just relaxed till he held it out the door of the garage and he flew away. Glad you didn't kill it.
I caught the show today...L.A. shrinks. It's good. I loved seeing you ..I was star struck actually. Be happy..xoxo,Susie

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

LOL! I had a similar experience while shooting in Arizona at a dentist's home (Dr. Payne- no joking!)
A lil hummingbird smacked into the large glass window and dropped to the ground. I also thought it was dead but kept holding it and it slowly started moving. I gave her some sugar water and she eventually flew away. So glad she didn't die.
Great save on your part by the way! Can you catch flies with your bare hands as well? LOL!

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

LOL! I had a similar experience while shooting in Arizona at a dentist's home (Dr. Payne- no joking!)
A lil hummingbird smacked into the large glass window and dropped to the ground. I also thought it was dead but kept holding it and it slowly started moving. I gave her some sugar water and she eventually flew away. So glad she didn't die.
Great save on your part by the way! Can you catch flies with your bare hands as well? LOL!

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

Great catch Kevin! grabbing a hummingbird mid flight is no small feat my friend. I had a similar experience while shooting at a dentist's house in AZ (His name was Dr. Payne... seriously, you can't make this stuff up!)
Anyway, my hummingbird flew into a window and everyone thought her dead, but alas- she was just stunned.
I think you should add "Mid-fight Hummingbird Catching" to your list of marketable skills... I mean, you ARE in Hollywood after all...!

Carey Brown Strombotne said...

Hurray for hummingbirds! Well done :)

Carey Brown Strombotne said...

Hurray for hummingbirds! Well done :)

amy said...

good post. to kill a hummingbird. love you!

amy said...

to kill a hummingbird. love you! great post. that's pretty bad ass to grab a hummingbird in flight.

l o v e l y t h i n g s said...

yes, very good lesson here...had no idea where this story was going, but I always love a happy ending.

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Have you seen the ytube pip the orphaned hummingbird? they have set up a webcam.

Catherine said...

I just watched the last episode of LA Shinks today and I wanted to let you know that I loved your wedding! It was so beautiful it brought me to tears! Congratulations! You make a great couple!

Catherine said...

I loved your wedding! I just watched it through tears on Bravo! It was beautiful. You make a great couple. Congratulations!

jason said...

lovely!

Collette Matero said...

Wow, what a great story, love hummingbirds, I sketched a hummingbird once, so gentle, and delicate. So much detail in a little bird, only God could create such a beautiful bird of feather. Wonderful story and I Love a great ending....with so much life
merci

p.s. would love to show you my sketch of the hummingbird

Collette Matero said...

Wow, what a great story, love hummingbirds, I sketched a hummingbird once, so gentle, and delicate. So much detail in a little bird, only God could create such a beautiful bird of feather. Wonderful story and I Love a great ending....with so much life
merci

Mick said...

Keep Calm and Play Dead! hahaha