Rescued Baby Hummingbird Survives & Thrives

Two months ago Judy Molland posted a video of a baby hummingbird taking its first flight. If you watch the video, you’ll get a sense of what the little hero of this story had to learn – but without adult hummingbirds as instructors.

Two baby rufous hummingbirds were rescued on July 4th. They were a few days old and living on a barge off British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. The barge moved. Babies and mother were separated.

The orphaned babies were found and turned over to the Wildlife Rescue Association (WRA) in Burnaby, B.C. The staff had rescued adult hummingbirds but were uncertain how to raise such tiny babies. They told the Vancouver Sun the birds were half the size of an average pinky finger and were in a nest the size of a small mushroom cap.

One of the baby birds died a few days later. The other responded to round-the-clock care and a carefully researched diet of nectar, blood worms and fruit flies.

Linda Bakker, team leader at WRA, told the Burnaby News Leader the little survivor needed cool night temperatures in order to slow her metabolism, as would happen in the wild. Gradually she grew stronger and learned to fend for herself.

August 13th is the big day. The baby has grown up. She can catch fruit flies and drink from a hummingbird feeder. Now she is being released to the wild.

WRA staff are sorry to see her go but excited with their first experience rearing a baby rufous hummingbird.

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Photo credit of rufous hummingbird from Thinkstock

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Rhonda Bird
Rhonda B.3 years ago

Thank you!

Ann T.
Ann T.3 years ago

so happy that one made it!

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch3 years ago

Awesome news!

Sheri D.
Sheri D.3 years ago

Thank you.

Carolanne Powell
Carolanne Powell3 years ago

Humming birds are the only creatures on the planet that can fly backwards & forwards, visiting the past & the future at will, some believe. They drink nectar too "the ambrosia of life, produced from a perfect union of pachamama - mother Earth- and Wiracocha - Father sun".Some believe that they go "direct to the source & understands the secrets of the universe" quoted from the novel The Shaman in Stilettos, by Anna Hunt. So, this little humming bird was definetly worth saving!!

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright3 years ago

I'm sorry that one of the babies did not survive but glad that the other one was saved. Hummingbirds are one of God's greatest and most beautiful creations.

I've tried, unsuccessfully, save the occasional injured bird and have never had any luck and it breaks my heart into a million pieces. Glad this story had a happier ending than mine have.

Suz F.
Suz F.3 years ago

...old saying of "must leave the nest" do to "learning to fly"...must of been a beautiful sight..only wished I could of seen the video = ( Thank-u for latest...

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Susan E G S.
Susan E G Scott3 years ago

Very good story. Sorry 1 died, but at least the other lived to fly!