Belly up. I found this poor little gal on my deck, yesterday (note her tiny tongue, protruding from her tiny beak.) I think she probably mistook my big window for open sky and bombed into it, miles an hour, then tumbled down dead. She's a ruby throated hummingbird, not much bigger than a large dragonfly. I gently lifted her, her eyes clenched tight...downy feathers softer than soft...hoping she might just be stunned but that was not the case.
When I turned her over, the feathers on her back glowed like iridescent emeralds. And those teeny tiny wings.... I've always coveted those little hummer feathers. I feel certain I could create something amazing with a wing or an itsy bitsy pelt. But now that one seems available...well...how would one go about skinning a hummingbird?