Bird Strike

Bird strike. No it’s not about birds using their twitter account and banding together to strike for better bird feed. I see a “law suet” on the horizon. Cut me some slack it’s a “birden” coming up with all this new material week after week. No its about the unfortunate common occurrence of wild birds hitting the glass windows on buildings and homes. Millions of birds are killed each year as a result of collisions with windows. Research has determined that birds can hit windows of all sizes at any height any time, day or night. A window collision is often fatal. Birds that survive immediate impact are stunned and often fall prey to predators, like domestic cats, soon after a collision.

Red bellied woodpecker I photographed January 2021
Red bellied woodpecker I photographed January 2021

You can cover windows prone to a hit with screen reducing the reflection and prevents injury by cushioning the bird if it inadvertently flies toward the window. It also prevents territorial birds from attacking their reflection in the glass. Some people will use window decals or interior shades to prevent the bird from surmising it’s a fly-thru only to slam into a hard surface. When a bird hits a window, swelling in the brain may temporarily incapacitate it. If there are cats or other predators nearby, place the bird in an enclosed box with holes or under something like a laundry basket or colander to keep it safe until it shakes off the cobwebs and is ready to fly again.

Millions of birds are killed each year as a result of collisions with windows. Thank you to Beth a listener of my show and the Birdman Bill Stovall for sharing her story of a red bellied woodpecker that knocked itself out hitting a window of her home. In this case the grateful bird quickly recovered and before flying off nuzzled with her to show its affection for her caring consideration. Here are the pictures: (click on pictures to enlarge) 

 

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