Occasionally it would rest for a few seconds before buzzing around again. I had no idea they could cling to the side of a wall like that.
I attempted to use the broom to gently encourage it out the doorway, but that was not at all effective because I was too short to reach it, and I didn't want to risk injuring it by swinging at it. So I left the garage door open all morning, hoping it would eventually fly out. It never did; I checked on it a few times and it was always still beating its head against the ceiling.
At one p.m., it was still in the garage, but appeared to be exhausted. It would land for longer periods of time, looking, I thought, quite discouraged. I could hear it peeping, and decided I had to do something. Firstborn and I taped a fish (aquarium) net to the end of the broom, and next time it landed on the wall, I gently placed the net over it and pulled it down.
It did not try to escape the net, which I realized was because the tiny little claws of one foot were caught in the fine mesh.
I set the net down on the grass, hoping it would be able to fly away. It just laid there with its eyes closed. I did not want to pull at its foot for fear of breaking it right off.
Somehow I managed to assist it free of the net, and then it just sat in my hand. It was a beautiful iridescent green, and so unbelievably tiny! I even saw its tongue dart out of its beak a couple times.
After recuperating for a couple minutes, it finally darted off and landed in a tree across the street. I'm sure it was relieved to be free, and I was relieved that it appeared to be unharmed, and grateful for my uncommon encounter with this tiniest of birds.
Some hummingbird facts, from How to Enjoy Hummingbirds:
- because a hummingbird can rotate its wings in a circle, they are the only bird that can fly forwards, backwards, up, down ,sideways and hover in mid air
- hummingbirds are the second largest family of birds with 343 species
- hummingbirds can beat their wings up to 80 times a second during normal flight
- a hummingbird has a heart rate that can reach up to 1,260 beats per minute