An unusual occurrence at Wilderness Gateway Campground east of Lowell this summer won a Lewiston couple a spot on an upcoming episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”Leslie Alteneder said she hardly ever takes videos but when dozens of hummingbirds appeared at her and husband Bill’s campsite over the Fourth of July weekend, she got her camera out and started shooting.
In videos she took, some 30 to 40 hummingbirds swirl around Bill, 52, while he holds two feeders in his hands and a branch in his mouth. In one video he is wearing red, white and blue shorts and a flamingo hat. In another he wears a flowered cowboy hat.
“He loves to have fun,” Alteneder said.
Bill, a maintenance worker at Lower Granite Dam, and Leslie, a self-employed nail technician, are fans of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” When they saw their video they thought it might be a good fit for the show.
Representatives from the program contacted them Wednesday to tell them their clip would be among those featured on Sunday’s program airing at 7 p.m. on ABC.
“We’ve never done anything like this,” Alteneder said. “It was just such a fluke deal.”
The Alteneders go camping often in a vintage trailer that Bill restored. The hummingbirds began showing up the first night they arrived and kept coming. They were forest-colored and some were aggressively fighting others for food, she said. They didn’t appear to be at other campsites.
“It was kind of creepy for me because he’s a fly fisherman and he’d leave to go fishing and here’s all these birds swarming the trailer.”
The couple plans to watch the show at their home in the Lewiston Orchards. Since Bill gets to be on TV they agreed that Leslie gets to keep the complimentary T-shirt.