A roaming hummingbird spotted by an observant St. Paul woman will get a flight back to where it's supposed to be.
The rufous hummingbird was believed to be on its way to Mexico when it got lost and ended up at Terri Walls' feeder, KARE 11 says.
The bird likely got caught up in a weather system and was blown off track to Minnesota, KARE 11 notes. This type of hummingbird typically lives in the Pacific Northwest, but will migrate to Mexico for the winter, according to the Audubon Society's website.
So when Walls saw the rare-to-Minnesota bird, she reached out to other Minnesota birders and it went "viral" on birding websites – hundreds of birders flocked to her yard to get a glimpse and a photo of the hummingbird, Phil Jenni, executive director of the the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville told BringMeTheNews.
Walls asked the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for help and a licensed employee volunteered to bring the wayward bird in on her way to work.
"[The bird] really didn't [have a chance to survive] when it comes right down to it ... it was going to go downhill," Jenni told BringMeTheNews.
Now, the rehab center is trying to get the bird back to its intended destination where it can survive in the wild.
Jenni told BringMeTheNews a pilot has volunteered to fly the hummingbird to Arizona and two people have stepped up saying they'll cover the cost of gas for the flight. Officials in Arizona have also agreed to meet the plane and release the bird into the wild, Jenni said.
There's no exact timetable for the hummingbird's release, but Jenni said it should happen in the next few days.