The heartbreaking news of a mother hummingbird abandoning her nest and young due to a powerful storm left Sabine Hoppner and Deborah Ross feeling concerned for the tiny chicks’ survival.
Determined to help, they turned to Terry Masear of Los Angeles Hummingbird Rescue for guidance.
Masear, an expert in rescuing and rehabilitating hummingbirds, advised the couple to carefully remove the nest from the tree and transport it to a safe location.
With her guidance, Hoppner and Ross were able to move the nest to a warm and sheltered spot, where they could keep a close eye on the babies and make sure they were fed and cared for.
“Terry talked us through bringing the nest into the house, reviving the cold and wet chicks by warming and feeding them and bringing them through the first night.”
Hoppner and Deborah Ross’ quick thinking and compassion didn’t stop at saving the hummingbird chicks from the storm.
After moving the nest to a safe location, they realized that the newborn chicks were stunned and in need of urgent care. They decided to use a hair dryer set on low to revive the chicks and then spent the night feeding them a sugar-water solution on a cotton swab to help them regain their strength.
Their tireless efforts paid off, and the baby hummingbirds gradually recovered, growing stronger and more active with each passing day. It was a testament to their kindness, patience, and dedication to helping these tiny creatures thrive.
Thanks to the quick thinking and compassionate actions of Sabine Hoppner and Deborah Ross, the baby hummingbirds were able to make a full recovery and were ready for the next phase of their rehabilitation.
They were transferred to the care of Los Angeles Hummingbird Rescue, where they could receive the expert care they needed to fully recover and thrive.
Under the care of the rescue team, the baby hummingbirds continued to receive the specialized care they needed to grow and develop. They were monitored closely to ensure that they were healthy and strong enough to be released back into the wild.
“It was a beautiful experience to see the life force return to these tiny chicks,” Hoppner says. “They are now doing well with their rehabber and will be released into an aviary once they fledge the nest. Adult hummers will teach them how to find food, and, once they can feed themselves, they will be released into the wild.”
Thanks to their quick thinking and compassionate hearts, the baby hummingbirds were able to survive and thrive despite the challenges they faced.
This heartwarming story is a reminder that even small acts of kindness and compassion can make a big difference in the lives of animals and the world around us.
It reminds us of the importance of protecting the delicate balance of nature and the incredible beauty and resilience of the creatures that share our planet.