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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - Bird Strike

No, the birds are not going on strike. Rather, T Rex Dad has been cleaning the kitchen windows again (along with a certain helper pictured below). He always does such a great job that the birds try to fly right through them. Note to self - have him clean the windows after spring mating season.



Generally when we have a bird strike the bird gets up and flies away. With the exception of once we had a hawk grab a bird sitting on the fence and then the hawk, with his prey in talons, flew into the window. His prey was dead but he was not. He waited on the fence for a while but he never came back for the slain bird leaving me to handle his dirty work. I know, circle of life. Still traumatic for me.

Yesterday I had a blue finch crash into the window. When I went to see if it was alright his mate was by his side trying to nudge him to get up. It broke my heart. When she flew away I went out thinking I would bury the fallen avian. I picked him up and noticed he was still breathing. Great - was I going to have to watch him die? I was not up for that - especially with T Rex watching my every move through the windows that were causing all the troubles.



After setting him on the grass I noted how beautiful he was. I had never seen such a blue bird before. I decided I would hold him until he passed away to where his other flying friends would meet him at the far green plains. Then he started to perk up. He sat up and perched on my finger. It was quite charming. I felt like Snow White!



He perched another few minutes while I examined his wings. They seemed intact. If he had a broken wing, I knew someone who could fix it, but he probably would never get to see his mate again, and this saddened me. Then, he hopped a few times and flew to the fence post when he perched another few minutes.



Of course, little T Rex was glued to the windows watching our every move and grinning every time I showed him the bird. I stayed outside until my winged friend flew to meet his waiting mate. I was fearful a hawk would snatch him up while he was resting on the fence and all the attachment I had developed for my new friend would make it even harder to handle.

Thus, a happy ending. After he flew off, I imagined he went off to be with his mate and their nest of eggs that will soon hatch and bring forth more gorgeous blue baby birds. Not to mention, a really cool experience, having a wild bird perch on my hand!

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21 comments:

CVSer said...

How cool is that?! Wow, I'd be scared to have a bird land on me(I'm a baby..lol)

Ms. Latina said...

Think thats so kewl that the bird perched like that! And your son is such a cutie!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

wow - pretty cool - fantastic that you had your camera!

Jennifer said...

Those pictures are so cool! I have never sen a bird perch in such a manner before. Your son is adorable!

Caitlin said...

BEAUTIFUL BIRD! And I can just picture you holding him just like Snow White! Haha!
Glad that you saved him and that he and his mate can now live happily ever after...

Angela said...

That is so cool! The bird is beautiful! I can't believe he just sat on your finger esp if you were also taking pictures!

simplyanonymom said...

Beautiful birds! And a cute boy too!

NateAndJakesMom said...

That was a great story! Maybe you need some sort of window clings or something? Or maybe a warning sign for birds? LOL

Mariposa said...

So beautiful are the colors...and how cute are all the photos!

Run DMT said...

Beautiful birds! Happy WW!

septembermom said...

Beautiful bird! Such a great experience for T-Rex. He looks so cute in that hat :)

Sherry said...

That is a beatiful bird! your son is a cutie!

Kim said...

Loved this post! I can't believe it sat on your fingers. Deaglan is really into bird and squirrel watching. I love that he's so interested. This would have pushed his delighted little self over the edge! I was trying to figure out where you guys live with all this great scenery and wildlife and then found something about Idaho in one of your posts. I've never met anyone from there. So cool this blogging world!

angie said...

I would have been glued to that window, too. The bird is gorgeous!

Kathleen W. said...

What an amazing and wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it.

I did laugh about the hawk crashing into the window too!

Nina said...

What a pretty bird and what a great ending to your story. I couldn't imagine dealing with that. When you said they crash into the windows often it made me think of the windex comercials and the birds always crashing into them. LOL....

Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

That is a great story. I'm so glad the bird made it! When I was younger I tried to rescue a bird with a friend of mine. The bird made it, eventually, but we didn't think it would. The rabbit I tried to rescue years after that wasn't so lucky. My cat ate it. Why did I tell that? No idea. Anyhow, great photos and story.

Veggie Mom said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing...

Anissa said...

Wow! That was sweet! We seen a hawk grab a bird then run into our window -- we tried to get it to let go but it just flew off --so sad. TFS -- so glad the little guy is ok.

mitchsmom said...

Very cool!

Jenners said...

What a cool photo! And what a neat experience! I've never had a bird perch on my hand before ... and what a special bird! I would have felt like Snow White too!