First step. First word. First love.
"Firsts" are always exciting. On May 14th, 2011, VINS wildlife staff had one of those special moments when we had our first successful release of a hummingbird that came through the VINS wildlife rehab center in 2011. See a video here of this little guy returning to the wild.
This male ruby throated hummingbird was brought in when he was found in a covered porch, unable to fly. Such a small bird can be damaged very easily, so we expected the worst. But our exam gave us hope, and a bit of a chuckle - his wings were stuck together by spiderwebs! We pulled the webs out, gave him some nectar for a calorie boost, and let him rest a bit after his traumatic morning. Then he was off again to do what hummingbirds do.
Check out our video of this hummingbird's release!