Sunshines Story

It is not uncommon to see lots of sparrows inside Flowerland. Our bulk seed is displayed next to the outside doors, which are propped open on nice days. They swoop in one set of doors and help themselves to a buffet of seeds. Then, as if there were following the exit signs, leave out the next set of doors.

Late in the evening, towards closing time on Saturday night, a customer pointed out something a little more unusual at the Alpine Flowerland store. A hummingbird was darting around inside, trapped and confused by the bright fluorescent lights.  She zipped back and fourth from light to light looking for a way out. It was already dusk, so turning off the inside lights wouldn’t help. She would have to hold on until morning.

When I arrived at work the next day, she was perched high atop the store on a thin wire. Her beak reached for the sky and she was not doing well. After some discussion, we determined the best way to get her down was by shaking her off the ceiling wire. Any other method could have possibly scared her into flying and hurting herself. After a few moments of great shaking technique by Sue, she fell into my hands, and I ran out the door.

First feeding.
First feeding.

Sue went and got some nectar for her and put some in a cap. She looked terrible, and could barely hold her head up. Her eyes were closed and her feathers ruffled and and limp. I had my doubts, but Elizabeth cheered us on. Sue named her Sunshine, because “A Pocket Full of Sunshine” was playing on the radio.

After a few minutes of keeping her beak in the nectar, she started to drink. First slowly lapping, and then larger gulps. After each drink, she lifted her head a little more, and opened her eyes.

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After about 10-15 minutes of feeding she looked like a whole new bird. She now stopped between feedings and looked around. After a few more drinks, as quickly as a hummingbird does, she flew off.  She landed on a pole just over our heads. After taking a few moments to rest, she flew off to the top of a Maple tree…

Looking a little more alert after feeding.
Looking a little more alert after feeding.

…and that is the happy ending to Sunshines story!