April 1, 2008

To Catch a Hummingbird

Filed under: Personal — Neil @ 7:39 pm

Tonight, Amanda had a PTA meeting & I was at home working on our neighborhood’s newsletter. So, I’m sitting in the reclineriner w/ the laptop when Amanda returns home. She freaks out and asks how long has the humingbird been in the house? Neither Roscoe, our English Bulldog, or I had noticed the hummingbird.

It was flying around the flourescent light in the kitchen. So, we put Roscoe in our bedroom, turn on the porch lights, open the doors, and turn off all the inside lights. These efforts brought about no positive results for us or the bird.

I go for the broom to swat (I had to promise Amanda that I wouldn’t kill it.) the bird out the door. The problem is that our ceilings are 12′ or so and even w/ the broom I couldn’t really reach him.

Amanda then remebers that hummingbirds are attracted to the color red. So, she 1st used her red purse to try capture the birds attention (as I write this she’s supiscious to what I’m writing so I can’t tell the full story because she’s threatening to read my blog). Then she finds a red t-shirt to drape over the broom. The red items don’t work.

I then used my superior broom manuerving skills to steadily move the bird towards the back door. I pinned it between the ceiling and the wall. Next, I kept it pinned between the broom and the wall as I slide it down towards the door. Finally, I gently swat it towards the great outdoors.

It was quite funny & I wish we’d captured it w/ video or at least pictures.



  1. First of all, do not believe everything that Neil says. Second, I wish that he would use his “superior broom maneuvering skills” for something useful like cleaning the house!


    These comments had to edited by the site monitor due to Amanda’s inability to stay within the boundaries of truth. The opening sentences have been left untouched, but the vicious comments that followed have been disposed of.

    The almighty site monitor

    Comment by atullos — April 1, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

  2. The almighty site monitor will be sleeping on the couch tonight for editing my response.

    The almighty neil monitor (Amanda)

    Comment by ntullos — April 1, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

  3. Neil,

    Did you have to show Amanda how to turn the computer on so she could post the above comments?

    Comment by Mike Ford — April 2, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  4. Mike, just be glad she only looks at this blog when I turn the computer on for her. Because she’d be highly offended by your remarks.

    Comment by ntullos — April 2, 2008 @ 7:50 am

  5. What a funny story! Who ever knew that I hummingbird would actually fly inside someone’s house.

    It might intrest you to know that when selecting a food source, what is most important is the quantity and quality of the nectar which is available. Whenever choosing a flower, the hummingbird will select the flower with the highest nectar output and the richest concentration of sugars, regardless of the shape or color of the flower. Also, more important than the color of the flower is how the nectar taste.

    Yes, hummingbirds are attracted by the color red, but it is not the most important consideration when trying to attract a hummingbird.

    If you would like much more information about hummingbirds, please click the link below. The site contains many articles about hummingbirds, video clips about hummingbirds, an informative tips booklet on hummingbirds, and much more.

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    Comment by Zoe Ann Hinds — April 2, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

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