Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Hummingbirds get into the office or studio from time to time, and I trap them in my hands, then go outside and open my hands. They sit there for a second, then realize they’re free, and take off like a miniature helicopter. This one must have got into the  studio when no one was around, and we found it dead. They are so small that they mummify, with no smell.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Ruby Throated Hummingbird

  1. Anonymous says:

    There is no fat on the birds no smell

  2. Oh my goodness! You are the first person I have found to have held a hummingbird. I, too, have had the experience on three separate occasions. They would get trapped in our garage, attracted to the large red and yellow triangle on the back of our tractor. Doing it once was amazing! But, then doing it each year after was magical. I saved three little lives and felt the beauty of nature in my hands and in my heart. Blessed be.

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