Hummingbird sent home for the holidays by Medicine River Wildlife Centre volunteers

Hummingbird sent home for the holidays by Medicine River Wildlife Centre volunteers

A hummingbird made it home in time for the holidays thanks to the Medicine River Wildlife Centre.

In October, the Anna’s hummingbird was spotted hanging around a property near Hinton.

Carol Kelly, Medicine River Wildlife Centre executive director, said the property owner had just taken in the hummingbird feeders when the small female hummingbird showed up.

Hummingbirds typically winter in British Columbia. The owner placed a new feeder was placed outside assuming the hummingbird would eventually move on.

By late November, the bird still hadn’t left.

See related story:

“Sometimes these birds from B.C. get caught in a storm and get blown into Alberta. Every now and then they end up being where they don’t belong.

“A little Anna’s hummingbirds is unheard of in the Hinton area, let alone that time of year.”

The property owners had a master bird bander help them catch the hummingbird on Nov. 22.

“After about three days they caught this little hummer,” said Kelly. “It wouldn’t have survived with that cold about to hit.”

Time was off the essence. The province had benefited from a warmer than normal November, but the looming cold snap meant the hummingbird had to get to a habitat it could handle.

From Hinton, the bird was taken to Lil Duperron’s home in Drayton Valley, Duperron is a volunteer with the wildlife centre. The bird was put into the bathroom with hanging fuschia plants and feeders. Duperron put gauze over the window to let some light into the bathroom, but to prevent the bird from flying into the window thinking it could escape.

It survived there for about three days before the final leg of its journey home could begin.

Darcy Will, a major donor to the wildlife centre and a volunteer, was flying his own plane to Campbell River, B.C. on Nov. 25.

“He took the little hitchhiker back to B.C.,” said Kelly, adding it was wonderful for Will to take the hummingbird home for the holidays. “We had it in what we refer to as our little ambulance. It was set up in a little box with flowers and a feeder and Darcy strapped it into one of the seats in his plane.”

It was released into a “much more hospitable habitat,” Kelly said.

Kelly said during the summer, she was on the phone 80 to 90 times a day with people requesting their services. This meant a very busy year for the organization. They had more than 2,100 patients over the year.

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

File photo
Gov’t of Alberta identifies estimated 300 new COVID-19 cases Sunday

Online COVID-19 dashboard unavailable as upgrades being completed

The Central Alberta Freestyle Ski Club is hoping to win $50,000 through the Mackenzie Investments Top Peak contest. (Contributed photo)
Central Alberta ski club trying to win $50K in online contest

A central Alberta ski club has entered a contest where it can… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Red Deer dips below 300 active COVID-19 cases

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Red Deer continued to drop… Continue reading

Ben King scores for the Red Deer Rebels during the third period of a Western Hockey League game against the Calgary Hitmen at the Westerner Park Centrium Saturday. (Photo by Rob Wallator/Red Deer Rebels)
Rebels complete comeback to pick up first win of season

Rebels 3 Hitmen 2 (OT) The Red Deer Rebels were able to… Continue reading

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan takes part in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa on December 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Conservatives to call top Sajjan, Trudeau aides to testify on Vance allegations

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives plan to summon two senior Liberal aides… Continue reading

Elvira D'Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Several provinces were preparing to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, as Canada’s… Continue reading

Mount Pearl Senior High in Mount Pearl, N.L., remains closed on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The provincial health authority says there were 185 cases at 22 schools, including 145 infections among staff and students of one high school in Mount Pearl that was an early epicentre of the outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly
In Newfoundland and Labrador, three ingredients made for explosive COVID-19 outbreak

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — With her classes, three part-time jobs and a… Continue reading

A passenger places a tag on luggage at the departure terminal at Toronto Pearson Airport, in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, May 24, 2019. The economic and life disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many recent immigrants to leave Canada and return to their countries of origin, where they have more social and familial connections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
COVID-19 pandemic prompts recent newcomers to leave Canada for their home countries

OTTAWA — The economic and life disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue reading

Rail cars wait for pickup in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 23, 2014. The fierce debate over cross-border pipelines is putting more Canadian oil and gas on trains destined for the United States — a country experts fear is ill-equipped for the potential consequences. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
As debate rages over cross-border pipelines, U.S. analysts brace for more oil by rail

WASHINGTON — The fierce debate over cross-border pipelines is putting more Canadian… Continue reading

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

VICTORIA — Legal experts and a mother whose ex-partner was convicted of… Continue reading

Radio and television personality Dick Smyth is shown in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Dick Smyth, Canadian maestro of news radio commentary, dies at 86

TORONTO — Radio and television personality Dick Smyth, whose booming commentary filled… Continue reading

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Funeral for Walter Gretzky to be held Saturday in home town of Brantford, Ont.

The funeral for hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s father Walter will take place… Continue reading

Most Read