Came home from work today to find 2 of my 4 feeders completely empty, both of them with birds seated quietly on the perches as if waiting for me to return. The other 2 feeders had just a small amount of solution in the bottom because I didn't fill them all the way this morning. When it's all said and done they'll have consumed close to
50 oz (over 1.5 qts) today!
One of the birds, a female, seemed to be struggling a bit when she took off from one of the feeders. She hit the ground roughly but managed to continue on but couldn't gain enough height to clear my back fence. She fell in a heap in some tall grass and I immediately went out to collect her. There are fire ants everywhere because of the flooding rains. I scooped her up and noticed that she was breathing heavily and her heart was beating abnormally fast even for a hummingbird. She still had the strength to vocally protest against me picking her up which was a good sign.
I held her for a few minutes to let her calm down then released her and she flew slowly out of the yard looking none worse for the wear.