A Helpful Hummingbird Hint

Some sort of strange tribal dance…at least that’s what it looked like my neighbor was doing. He was standing in his garage, gliding to the right and then to the left, repeatedly lifting his hands toward the ceiling. In reality, he was trying to capture a hummingbird that had flown in and couldn’t get back out!


So, why do these little birds insist on flying into garages? I didn’t know the answer until just last week, when I was visiting with the owner of the local Wild Birds Unlimited and she passed along a bit of interesting trivia…the reason hummingbirds fly into our garages is because we all have trumpet vines dangling from the ceilings, and hummingbirds LOVE these flowers.

Okay, so the vines are actually red emergency release handles that the government requires garage doors to have, but to these little fellows, they look like a delectable source of nectar.

So – here’s a helpful hint – if you want to keep hummingbirds out of your garage, paint the release cord and handle black or cover it with black electrical tape…because once they are in, they are tricky to get out!

And put out a nectar feeder, because they are delightful to watch!



And just in case you were curious, my husband (the same guy who is a proficient canoe paddler and skillful skipping stone gatherer) went over and gently caught the hummingbird in a straw hat and set it free.  My neighbor was able to stop his tribal dancing, and the bird lived happily ever after.  All’s well that ends well.




About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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2 Responses to A Helpful Hummingbird Hint

  1. Great advice and tips! Your photography has really taken off, Kathy! I’m really impressed. You’ve far surpassed my limited skills. I can’t get over your hummingbird captures!

  2. kathydoremus says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. And I always enjoy looking at your pictures too. 🙂

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