My rescue hummingbird has passed. It happened suddenly and without warning. Just a couple of days ago he was escaping through the slats of his little cage. He was so active. I had to put a mesh net around his cage so he couldn’t breakout and be killed by a predator. I am not sure why he died, but I knew he wasn’t well anymore. It happened so fast and I wasn’t prepared for it.
I have a cage coming from the USA and some additional food supply that hummingbird rehabilitation experts use. The wonderful thing that has resulted from his care is I will have a nice cage and products anytime I rescue any bird at Villa Migelita from this day forward. All of these products sent from loving friends in the United States and will be in remembrance of Grigio. When I put another bird in this new cage I will have his spirit guiding me. I know this with my heart and soul.
To say I am sad today is an understatement. I awoke to a table without his cage that I have looked at for over a month. The joy of removing the towels I put on his enclosure every night to find him moving and drinking his nectar of smashed insects and sugar in the morning is a wonderful and loving experience in my lifetime. The hope I felt that maybe, just maybe he would be my miracle.
I am sad, frustrated and of course I am blaming myself. If only I had added even more insects to his water. If only I had more resources available to me here in Colombia . If only, if only. I became very attached.
He was fighting to live to the end. His last breaths were in the palm of my hand. He was still charging his wings, which gave me unrealistic hope. I felt he could pull through this with my loving care. I watched as one eye closed but the other eye was wide open and staring at me. That eye kept contact with me until it closed with his final breath inside my palm. So tiny, so precious, so magical. I will never be able to describe adequately the joy he brought to me by being able to care for him.
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,, he is now free ,,, thanks for sharing your story- it warmed my heart
I feel that he has flown to freedom now. xo
Oh I am so sorry! You really tried to help this beautiful little soul! If his wing could not heal, then he is better off being free as he is now.
I agree Marlene, he is free in the Universe now. I do take these things very hard, and I am missing him so much. xo
Such a pretty little hummer. Amazing you could care for him. Here in Oklahoma in the month of August the hummers have really been busy at my feeders. Usually they are only this busy for two weeks and are gone. We really enjoy watching and listening to them in the early morning and late afternoons. To me they are fascinating.
Oh Beverly I am so blessed to have these magical beings year round in Colombia. I am terribly sad, but I know he rests peacefully and flies well now. xo