“He flew and perched right next to me …”
As artist Chloe Barcelou settled down for another day of work in her New England studio, she was astonished to discover she wasn’t alone.
She turned to see a little green hummingbird, about the size of her hand, who seemed distressed.
Barcelou told us, “I think he came to ask me for help.” He took to the air and landed next to me.
Hummingbirds were frequently seen darting around the gardens of the neighborhood, but Barcelou had never seen one up close. She was astounded by his beauty. What made this small kid alone, though? And so near a person? Barcelou immediately realized he must be in need.
When I first saw him in our workshop, I was taken aback, but I also felt a little worried for him because I could tell right away that he was stuck, Barcelou said. In the back of my mind, I was also thrilled to be getting such a close encounter with a hummingbird. It appeared to be a small fairy!
Quickly preparing a sugar-water combination, Barcelou and her boyfriend spoon-fed the bird some of it. The hummingbird sipped contentedly. He opened his eyes after about two minutes. Barcelou observed the energy returning to his body.
You can watch Barcelou helping the bird here:
The bird ultimately took flight after drinking everything he needed to. Barcelou was glad to see her little companion back where he belonged—in the sky.
The bird appeared to be thanking Barcelou for assisting him the day before as it hovered blissfully around her house the next day.
Because it appeared to be the same bird bearing a message, Barcelou stated, “That’s just my personal intuition.” “It just seemed right that it would have responded with a thank you,” the author said.