When I took the dog out early this morning, I saw this hummingbird perched on one of the feeders. It didn’t fly away when we walked by. “They’re getting so tame,” I thought. But 10 minutes later, it was still there and this time, I noticed that it had that puffed-up sick bird look.
I went back outside and looked at it more closely. It was a very sick bird indeed, and its bill appeared to be broken, with the bottom and top not meeting. It sat there for a few hours, not even budging when other hummingbirds occasionally harassed it.
Then suddenly, I looked and it was gone. I checked to see if it was on the ground, but I found nothing. I wonder whether it was injured in a collision, or a fight with another hummingbird, or something else. I’ll never know.