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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • An eye for color: Hummingbird visits shop filled with bright fabrics

  • It’s not just quilters who are attracted to the assortment of bright fabrics found inside the Hickory Stick Quilt & Gift Shop in Hannibal. On Friday afternoon, a hummingbird entered the shop around mid-afternoon, but unlike customers, who eventually depart, the tiny bird refused to take advantage of the shop’s open front door.
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  • It’s not just quilters who are attracted to the assortment of bright fabrics found inside the Hickory Stick Quilt & Gift Shop in Hannibal. On Friday afternoon, a hummingbird entered the shop around mid-afternoon, but unlike customers, who eventually depart, the tiny bird refused to take advantage of the shop’s open front door.
    “It was here about 2 ½ hours,” said Pat Waelder, owner of the shop.
    While the store, located at 326 N. Main St., features multiple rooms, the bird didn’t go far.
    “He stayed in this one room with all the color,” said Waelder. “(He liked) the beautiful colors and all these beautiful quilts.”
    Customers and shop employees worked to guide the bird to the front door that was left wide open.
    “They held up reds and other pretty colors so he would come toward the door, but he wouldn’t go out the door,” said Waelder. “He wanted to stay in the (store-front) windows and up by the quilts and light fixtures.
    “It’s a pretty bird. We didn’t want anything to happen to him. Everybody wanted to catch him and take him over to the Mark Twain garden.”
    A container filled with sugar water was even placed on a chair by the open front door in the hope the bird might come down for a taste of the sweet treat and then fly out the door. The bird, however, remained at ceiling level, flying laps around the room. Only when the store lights were turned out did the bird limit its flights to the area near the front of the shop.
    With the work day nearing an end, and the bird showing no inclination to leave, a call was made to the Hannibal Police Department which dispatched Animal Control Officer Tim Ledbetter to the scene.
    “This was my first hummingbird, the very first one,” he said.
    Ledbetter brought a net attached to a pole inside the store, but quickly realized the long pole would be too cumbersome.
    “You don’t want to hurt the bird or damage any property inside the business, that’s the main thing,” he said.
    But even after detaching the net’s handle from the pole extension, the small creature proved very elusive.
    “It was more of a challenge than a regular bird, that’s for sure. He was fast and quick,” said Ledbetter. “It was fun; a nice change of pace.”
    After a handful of failed attempts, Ledbetter successfully managed to corner the bird, using the net and a free hand. Ledbetter heaved a sigh of relief when the small bird flew away when he opened his gloved hand outside the store.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This was a good one,” he said of the happy ending. “That’s the end of my day. It’s time to go home.”
    For Waelder, it was an experience she won’t soon forget.
    “It was the first time I ever had a hummingbird (in the store). I’ve never seen a hummingbird down here … never,” she said. “We’ve had dogs, cats, bats. It’s not unusual in the spring of the year for dogs and cats to wander in now and then, but never a hummingbird.
    “I think he likes quilting and all the pretty colors.”
     
     
     
     
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