|Male Anna's (©Ken R. Schneider)|
Last year I rescued a young, probably female Anna’s that hit a back window (despite the warning stickers). She didn’t seem to be injured, just stunned. It was cold, so to help her recover--and keep her away from predators--I held her in my hand in the sun, while she stared at me and one wing quivered. How could I reassure her? I decided to take the opportunity to play a game that’s described in my book. It entails rewarding an animal’s eyeblinks by giving unusually long eyeblinks in immediate response--a sort of communication, if you will. My hummer didn’t blink much at first, but I took advantage of every blink. Then she caught on, and within 3 minutes, every time I opened my eyes after my own blinks, she immediately blinked! Great fun, and best of all, after 5 min, she lifted off, apparently back to normal. What a magical experience.
|Juvenile Anna's (public domain)|