this post gives new meaning to the term "crash a party."
above: the hummingbird is camoflaged, hovering to the right of the feeder,
in the lower-right corner of the photo.
in the lower-right corner of the photo.
a few minutes ago, i was cleaning up the porch when something that felt like a big bug hit me on the upper back -- before thumping down onto the deck. ..i looked down to find a gray-green hummingbird, sprawled out, & more than a little-bit dazed.
now, i try not to judge these things, but he did look as if he had recently packed-on a few extra ounces. ..in addition, he (apparently) had not yet recovered from a very looooong night.if you've been keeping up with this blog, then you know that i recently bought a hummingbird feeder. ..you also know that an "alpha male" has been quite terror-torial in his quest to protect his sweet nectar from all of the other hummers.
let there be no doubt: alpha gets more than his share.
anyhow, i picked the hummingbird up off of the deck, and placed it in my palm. ..he was alive, but he looked a little "disoriented." .. i remembered a story from a friend of mine (priscilla) who once gave reiki to a dying sparrow, only to have it revive. ..she can tell you the story of how the sparrow came back to life, flew out of her palm, circled the area twice, and then returned and landed back on her shoulder.
editors note: the link (below) is meant to provide reiki music, as you read the rest of this post.
anywaaaaay... i gently gave alpha hummingbird some hospice reiki because it appeared as if he was dying.
after a few minutes, he seemed to come around, and then clumsily fluttered back up to the birdfeeder. ..dude was groggy, for sure, but he kept gulping down shots of the sugar water. ..several times, it appeared as if he was losing his balance. ..he'd cling his little hummingbird feet to the feeder, then he'd flutter off & back a bit, then he'd flutter forward and stumble onto the feeder. ..(quite strange)
having been around my share of parties (including yesterday's pool party) i began to think: "is this bird drunk?"
about that time, he just flopped into the mid-section of the feeder, face down. ..i didn't want him to fall (3 stories), so i picked him out of there and gave him several more minutes of reiki. ..he became more energized, and once again he readied for takeoff. ..with a little more zip, but still unstable, he flapped up to the feeder and took a few more slugs before staggering/fluttering away, into the trees.
...and i mean into the trees, leaves, etc...
i quickly went online and googled "hummingbird" and "drunk" to find that:
.....1. white sugar should be used in the sugarwater birdfeed mixture (oooops, i'd used "sugar in the raw," which is unrefined, brown-ish sugar)
.....2. in hot weather, the sugar can ferment, which can transform your casual birdfeeder into the local hummingbird saloon.
so now i've got a party of sloshed, gregarious hummingbirds, buzzing about the firewater-ing hole, tying-one-on while alpha male sleeps one off!
my question to you: is this possible?
-does brown sugar ferment more quickly than white sugar?
-do birds imbibe?
-did that cute little female hummingbird just slip me her business card & cellphone number?
-am i legally liable for what these partybirds do, once they leave the pub?
...and, finally ((sorry, but i really, really can't help this))...
-should i open a tweeter account?
more to follow, in the strange world of wIe.
in the meantime, if you have any suggestions for the name of my birdbar, feel free to pass them along.
suggestions so far:
* birdbrains (a brewery)
* home, sweet Home (a bed & breakfast and hospice-transition bar)
* flutterkicks (fowl pub and karate club)
* wicked uncle lenny's
* hommmmmmme sweet hoooooohmmmmmmmme (yoga, meditation, microbrews)
* quick foul buzz (a sports bar)
* "that one's for the (little) birds"
* aim high, then crash (slogan for the charlotte hummingbird air force association)
* lenny's lounge, birdbath and Spirits
* the hover on inn (a landing pad for helicopter pilots)
* brown sugar
* hummer's homemade healthy hummus & humble handiwork
* in-flight enterain'tment
* 'neau way out (restaurant and labyrinth)
* (crash) landing
* wings & sweet things (a gift shop for aviators)
* one more for the road (skybar & cafe')
* wing and a prayer (deli and chapel)
...and on and on...