This is a story being told by a young hummingbird to his buddies.
So here I am visiting that house on Chinquapin where they have the two
feeders hung up and I got caught in a spider web. I can’t believe it.
I’m hanging upside down, totally trapped. I’ve been struggling it seemed
like forever but I just couldn’t get free. Even worse, the spider is
coming down the web. I have no idea what he had in mind but it was not good.
Suddenly this huge creature came out of the house and he had this white
thing (I think it was called a paper towel) and he gently wrapped it
around me, held me and he freed me from the spider’s web. But my wings
were glued down and I was completely exhausted. At about that time this
other big huge creature came out and she had a little saucer with some
sugar water in it so I took a couple of drinks of that and it gave me a
I kept turning my head around, using my beak to try to find the things
that were holding my wings and get them free. But I couldn’t do a thing
and I’m still held in the hand of this big creature. So I looked
directly at him and said “cheep, cheep” (hummingbird for can you help me
here?) The strange thing is I was totally at peace. Even with this giant
creature holding me I had no fear. I just kind of felt he was helping me.
So he gently lifts my wings away from my body one at a time and he finds
all the pieces of spider web that are holding me wrapped and he picks
them free. After 3 or 4 minutes of this he had my wings completely free
and I was a little bit re-energized. So I tried flying and viola, off I
went. It was amazing, I never saw anything like that in my life. I was
sure I was done.
A true story as told to Dick McCallum by Rufus Red Throat