Orphan Hummingbird

Orphan Hummingbird



The resilience of a tiny orphan, alone in the big world.


A tiny hummingbird made it’s way to my deck the other day. With no parents around, I assume it’s an orphan. It spends it’s days sitting on the deck and making the short but awkward flight to the feeder (directly above) several times each hour.

Some days are more difficult than others. This morning he’s being pelted by giant raindrops, and waiting patiently for a spring rainstorm to pass.
Orphan Hummingbird

Once the storm clears, his tiny wings work hard to get him to the feeder. There, he drinks nectar vigorously, as if for the first time.

It doesn’t take long before another hummingbird harasses him, but he stands his ground.

Even the flies harass him. One even lands on his back as he’s trying to drink.

Orphan Hummingbird

Day after day the male Rufus attacks him viciously, letting him know he’s the king of the feeder. For the baby hummer, it’s the only source of food he knows and he won’t relent.

Orphan Hummingbird

The baby hummer grooms his tiny feathers after the attacks and harassment. Making himself just as beautiful as before.

Orphan Hummingbird

Orphan Hummingbird

Through storms, harassment and trials this little hummer is enduring and growing. He’s gaining speed and agility each day and slowly learning to defend himself and his food source. Some days he still sits on the deck, but for the most part he’s quite the little flier now, and hangs out in nearby trees for safety, while defending his food source. He’s well on his way to being a strong, healthy little hummer.



  1. Gary Franklin

    Enjoyed the photos. Admire the little guy’s persistence. Have a male Anna’s Hummingbird that dominates my feeders. Imagine that the other hummers, who show up early and late and occasionally when the Dominator is not around, have more regular food sources.

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  6. Adrian C.

    Thanks for showing us the life of an orphan humming bird through your excellent photography. Your images are telling the story of an orphan humming bird who survived after the storms, harassment and trials. Lovely.

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