A former SWAT officer from Georgia says a hummingbird he rescued four years ago returns each spring to show its gratitude.

Mike Cardenaz named the tiny creature Buzz after he noticed it had broken its wings and was unable to fly back in 2015.

'Several of his feathers in his wings were broken off and he couldn't take flight' 

While making sure the bird was re-hydrated and got the nutrients it needed with a diet of Pedialyte and sugar, the tattooed man gave it a safe place to recover at his Grovetown home.

Buzz was soon well enough to leave the property that attracts hummingbird due to the flowers on the front porch. 

'I had to wait until he moulted, and regrew new wings. He would fly around the yard and come back when he got exhausted because that was his comfort zone until he finally took off for the winter. And he's been coming back for the last four years.' 

Cardenaz was concerned this spring however when the bird didn't return at its usual time of year that coincides with the Masters.

Two weeks later, however, Buzz made it back from his annual migration to Central America.

Many hummingbirds spend the winter in Central America or Mexico, and migrate north to their breeding grounds in the southern U.S. and western states as early as February, and to areas further north later in the spring.

They fly alone, often on the same path they have flown earlier in their life, and fly low, just above tree tops or water.  

While it may seem unlikely that its indeed the same hummingbird from four years ago, Cardenaz is confident it is.

'Random hummingbirds don't land in your hand,' he said.

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