As I was adding the finishing touches to the guesthouse today for my mother's arrival tomorrow, I heard a flapping noise. I was on a step ladder reaching up to dust the tops of cabinets and railings when a blur passed right by my nose. Well, don't ask me if I jumped... ask me how high! Once this UFO finally landed, I realized it was a hummingbird trapped inside trying to get out. I'm not sure this was the smartest little bird as the doors were wide open and she just couldn't seem to find it. I ran up to the main house to get my camera on the off chance she'd still be there. I went and got Kevin too so he could see it.
When Kevin and I got back to the guest house, there was no sound. I figured she found the door and flew out. Then all of a sudden, she whizzed right by us. She landed on the curtain rail and then up above the wardrobe where she perched herself on a TV cable, which Kevin was just about to tuck away. It took a couple of minutes, but Kevin was able to gently guide her out the door with a fruit picking net. Later we looked in our handy dandy Costa Rica bird book and we discovered it was a female Purple-Throated Mountain Gem. She seemed more cinnamon coloured than purple to me, but what do I know.
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