how to catch a hummingbird with your bare hands (and a kids book)

Yesterday a hummingbird got stuck inside our house. photo op! I wanted to get the perfect shot of the little guy sticking his beak into one of the fake flowers on top of the cupboards in the kitchen. you know- just like on the box of my fancy new supercamera. I chased the hummingbird around the house for  5-10 minutes. but he was so freakin’ tiny that when I zoomed in too far I would miss him completely, and when I zoomed out he looked like a speck. Bummer. The next time a hummingbird flies into our house, I vow to be better prepared.



hummingbird-catching tools

Hummy got tired and went upstairs and rested on the smoke alarm. I got a tupperware container and an excellent kids book called Fox Makes Friends by Adam Relf. Then I took the book, smacked that tiny bird down to the ground, and scooped him up into the tupperware. Juuuust Kidding. That’s not what happened. I trapped him in the tupperware on the ceiling, slid the book over the top to cover him up, then heroically marched down the stairs and watched him fly away into the woods. It was awesome!

the moral of this story is this: children’s books save lives.

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  1. HAHAHA Derek, you are great! I LOVE Hummingbirds and, of course, kids books. I actually have a Hummingbird book, which might have helped you catch the Hummingbird more easily. (just sayin’) What an amazing bird.

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