This hummingbird was admitted to our Wildlife Hospital on the afternoon of October 6th. It had flown into someone’s house window. After the impact, the hummingbird was unable to fly. Four days later, the bird hadn’t shown any improvement and was brought to our Wildlife Hospital. After examination, it is suspected that the hummingbird has a coracoid fracture.
Currently, we are giving the hummingbird sugar water and cage rest, and monitoring her condition. Splinting is not an option due to the nature of coracoid fractures, so we wait for it to heal naturally before the bird can begin flying again.
Important notes about hummingbirds this time of year:
- Keep those feeders up and maintained and gardens blooming as long as you can. You will not prevent a hummingbird from migrating, but your efforts might help a hummingbird survive.
- If you have a hummingbird show up off-season in your yard (either a very late summer resident or a hummingbird not usual to your location), contact your local bird watching group (usually an Audubon society), both to make them aware of the bird and for professional identification and documentation.
- Collect as much information as you can on any late season hummingbird that shows up in your yard. Get photos, if possible; describe it in writing as well as you can; identify it, if possible; note the date when the bird first appeared and when it was last seen; record any daily activity patterns of the bird, such as when it visits the garden/feeder and how often.
- Notify hummingbird researchers (post a message to the Hummingbird Garden forum and we’ll get you a contact) to report wintering hummingbirds and to find out if there is a permitted hummingbird bander in your area. Please Note: Do not attempt to trap and relocate late-season hummingbirds. Not only is it illegal, but new information being gathered by hummingbird banders and researchers every year is proving that late season, out-of-typical-range hummingbirds are doing quite well on their own.