A hummingbird who had gotten thoroughly lost on his annual migration south has been put back on track to his long journey to warmer weather, all thanks to a pilot who was kind enough to give the little bird a free lift via private plane.
When bird-lover Tina Wall of St. Paul, Minn., first spotted the conspicuously copper-colored rufous hummingbird feasting on her front yard bird feeder earlier this month, she knew that something was amiss. The tiny bird, weighing about the same as a penny, is rarely seen outside of the Pacific Northwest, where they spends the summer breeding before migrating south to Mexico - so it was clear that this bird was many, many miles off course.
And with a cold front fast approaching, Wall was well aware that he probably wouldn't last for long.
Fortunately, she was able to capture the wayward new arrival in a rescue cage, after which she placed him in the caring hands of experts from a nearby clinic, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC).
When The Dodo spoke with WRC director Phil Jenni a few days after the rescue, the hummingbird's condition was stable, but his future was still uncertain.