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Beginner Gardening: The nicest thing happened in the local Walmart in their greenhouse..............

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Houghton Lake, MI
(Zone 4a)

May 30, 2001
5:29 AM

Post #5604

After work today I walked around my garden for a few moments and decided that I should check our local Wal-Mart for anything I currently do not have.
I was alone in the garden department when I heard a strange TThhhhttthhhdddtthhh like something trying to get out through the plastic.
I started to look for the sound . . .
It was a small hummingbird trying to get out through the plastic roof.
The hot house is not too terribly large and there is a door on one end.
Since the sun was just setting the white plastic looked like the sky.
This poor little thing was making some pretty awful sounds.
for about 10 minutes of passing up and down the flower stand trying to shoo it towards the door, I decided I needed HELP.
I found a young high school aged gal working in the sporting goods dept... her name tag only stated trainee
she tried for some time to shoo the sad guy with a small broom.
After some time I could tell her arms were getting tired. We tracked down a larger push broom. Working together we were able to hold the broom close to the bird and still enough for it to just calmly land on the brush end.
This took a few tries but we were able to aid the hummingbird to open sky freedom, we did this just by letting it sit still while we walked out of the greenhouse with it on the broom.

I left there feeling like I had done something really wonderful...after all no one wants to spend their whole evening smacking its head against the ceiling, lest of all a garden friend like the hummingbird.

Watching this creature fly away in the night was so much better then National Geographic.
Elizabethton (Stoney, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2001
10:04 AM

Post #78363

What a wonderful experience !
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2001
10:23 AM

Post #78369

Yeah!! Glad you saved the little guy! I'm constantly trying sho bees and butterflies from my little greenhouse.
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

May 31, 2001
10:54 AM

Post #78667

That's exactly how we help them out of the greenhouse; on a push broom!! We had one that stayed for a week when it was freezing cold outside. I gave him a feeder, but he was happy in the flowers. He left when it warmed up. We are like Poppysue, constantly catching butterflies and setting them free. We have a song sparrow that has built in the baskets in the greenhouse for years. We try to mark the basket the nest is in and not sell it.

(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2001
10:13 PM

Post #79868

That sounds like something I would do. I drive everyone I go out with crazy doing things like that. But such a great feeling knowing that you made a difference.
Good job!!!

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