Sunday, July 20, 2008

CRITTERS SUNDAY- ANOTHER INJURED SISKIN

Perhaps my garden birds just want their Andy Warhol 15 mins. of fame. Is that why they fly into the patio windows. The familiar thud of the bird against the window, and the all to familiar sight of a bird prostrate in shock. We know this scenario so well now that it has become commonplace.
Place them on their feet, sit with them so they don't become prey to cats and sparrowhawks, feed, talk to, provide water and encourage to stay awake and fly off, allow to sit on hand when so inclined. This little fellow, a male identifiable by his so brightly coloured green/yellow wing bars was quite the sleepy one. Eventually he flew to the feeders. We now have the patio doors open when it's bright sunlight, and so far no birds have misjudged their flight path.

May I take opportunity to say thank you so much to everyone who has ever visited and took the trouble to comment. There are so many of us blogging now that I'm constantly amazed by the mostly positive feedback. There are so many others bloggers out there who I have happened upon who have fantastic blogs that perhaps don't receive the recognition they so richly deserve.
So if I can take a further opportunity and ask next time you leave a comment, take a peek at the other commentators and perhaps visit a blog today you haven't before. You may be pleasantly surprised, educated, have a laugh. Now that can't be a bad thing can it just for the sake of a click into the unknown.

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49 comments:

Ken said...

I hope you reminded him not to do it again:)

Batang Kyusi said...

oh cool...you just gave me an idea to start "inviting" little cute birds into my balcony. now if i can only convince my cat not to chase them away. LOL

Benjamin Madison said...

Poor little guy really does look stunned.

Good idea about clicking around - it's so easy to get locked into only looking at one's own "faves."

• Eliane • said...

Poor little one. My parents house is in a very woody area. It is very contemporary with large bay-windows (not sure of the correct term but it's huge window panels the size of a wall). They had to hang some little decorations here and there since so many birds would just fly through the windows. Glad this little guy is ok.
Good, now I have two cyber visits to make - glad I commented early! ;)

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Thank you again for the kind and complimentary comments you have left on my Daily Photo site for Costa Rica.

Regarding birds flying into windows, I would hope that over generations, birds would become genetically programmed to stay away from windows. On my site I posted a photo of a crocodile on July 15 and included in the explanation that there is one type of bird that crocodiles do not eat because those birds eat insects off the crocodile's back and even clean their teeth! I wonder how many of that type of bird were eaten by crocodiles before the crocodiles learned to leave them alone?

If some birds can figure out that it is safe to clean a crocodile's teeth, I would think that they could learn not to fly into windows.

And regarding your comment on my site about the sunsets over the Pacific in Costa Rica, I would think that your sunsets in the Isle of Man are also natural and not aided by pollution. You certainly cannot have much air pollution in the sea between Ireland and England can you?

Marigold said...

Poor bird. Hopefully this one has learned his leasson.

Kahshe Cottager said...

I hate the sound of the thud when a bird hits a window. I am glad the little siskin was able to fly away after.
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pierre l said...

Hello Babooshka. As you now have your patio door open, I now look forward to the photos of you trying to persuade random birds to leave your house (at least they won't be injured). Thank you for providing us with all those lovely pictures of the Isle of Man.

angie said...

I hate when that happens! nice pic though. I'm sure I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, but sometimes taping a paper cutout on the outside of your window will give the birds just the info they need to avoid what looks to them like a continuation of the great outdoors.

Boise Diva said...

Thowk is a dreaded sound for those of us who invite birds to our yard. Glad this one survived. Pine siskins are a favorite of mine, quite a few winter in my neighborhood. They LOVE black-eyed Susans, I never cut them back until spring.

Dina said...

Hello, thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. You are right about bloggers. I love blogging and I am always browsing around blogs. thanks for sharing your thoughts. good sunday

Rhea said...

What a pretty little bird!! I'm sorry this keeps happening to you. Your windows are obviously way too clean. :o)

Actually, I have a dirty window that I can't reach and birds are always bumping into it. I cringe when I hear the thump.

Becky said...

I've actually added about half a dozen more blogs to my bloglines feed list this week because of random clicking around on people's comments on other blogs. Isn't blogging great? It's like traveling around the world with a few clicks of a button. Barely lifting a finger. I love it!

Picturing of Life said...

pretty bird

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juliana rw said...

ah...poor bird but he is cute.

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Blue said...

Siskins are such pretty little birds but till seeing your photo's had seen one.
You must have pristine clean windows to have so many unfortunate birdy hits - no chance of me ever getting any thats for sure - LOL!

BouBou's said...

Aw, poor thing! He looks so wiped out!

We used to have this happen all the time with our living room window when I was growing up on the farm. We had a spruce grove just outside the window, plus it was full of plants inside, so either way they'd be seeing greenery. My parents finally did something when we came into the house and discovered my mother's plants waving in the breeze, a big hole in the middle of the window and glass all over the carpet. We eventually found the body of the prairie chicken that caused it under a table across the room.

After replacing the window, my dad installed chicken wire on the outside. Not very esthetically pleasing, but we had no neighbours to complain. ;-) From then on, we'd only hear this musical "twang" as the birds bounced off the mesh.

Whatever works, eh? *L*

A.

Aileni said...

It is all very well to hold a bird and look closely at it, but it is also distressing under these circumstance. They were forever hitting the kitchen window in our previous house where we stayed after leaving the island. I shall be putting some shots from those days up some time.

Greyscale Territory said...

Your pic is just delightful! I still haven't figured out why birds fly into windows! Is there extra glare that disorientates them? (I had one window that seemed to attract bird thuds on sunny days too!)

I also would like to compliment you on your wonderful extra comment about bloggers. Inspiring!

i beati said...

wonderful advice on the caring for something so lovely and free sandy

Marie Reed said...

What a charming feathered friend!
-Marie 'The Vintage Postcard Lady'

B. Roan said...

At first I thought this was a mama bird pretending to be hurt to scare you away from her nest, but then I read the explanation. Poor little thing.

Kelly said...

I agree with Pierre. I expect there will be photos of bird perched inside in all sorts of places!

This one is very pretty, I am so sorry it hit the glass!

yoshi said...

Poor little bird!

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: That little one has some great colors. You need a sign, DEAD END might work.

soshi said...

I think they just like you sitting with them. Poor bird.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Poor birdie, and he has such beautiful colors

Dick said...

Oh I hope he learned something, poor bird.
Thank YOU for visiting.

Misty Dawn said...

Not only are you an encouragement and comfort to injured birds, but to fellow bloggers as well. What a wonderful post. I commend you for taking time out of your life to sit with, comfort, and encourage a bird. Many people would not take the time... the world needs more people like you.

Denise said...

I shut the curtains/blinds now as I hate the thud sound! Also I keep an eye on my puss Ella. Fortunately she is a sleeper! Phew!

Dan said...

Ouch. The poor little guy musth be quite stunned. When that happens here we have a cat who quickly eats up the helpless creatures. Yuch!

D.C. Confidential said...

Ah. Poor little fellow. Talk about migraine! :-)

Matthieu said...

Nice fairy tail :)
Hopefully, I have never had any bird hurting my windows.

Jim said...

That poor birdie.

Dragonstar said...

Poor wee siskin! I'm glad he flew away.

CrazyCath said...

Awwww poor thing. I have had birds fly into the window and stun themselves too. Glad you see them safe and on their way.

And I like your acknowledgement of all the other bloggers out there and the encouragement to look at other blogs. I feel the same as you - most (if not all) of the comments I get are positive (yours included) and that is very supportive, for which I am grateful.

Z said...

I've never had this happen, maybe our windows aren't large enough? I'd like to keep it that way!

Nice suggestion on the blog visiting. Sadly, I find that I don't have enough time to make all the visits that I would like to. Or, come up with something intelligent or useful to say.

Thank you for your visit to my Villigen blog!

me ann my camera said...

You give wonderful advice for monitoring the safety of injured birds and also good kindly advice on visiting blogs of others. I sometimes miss someone when hoping to get back to everyone who leaves comments but hopefully not too often.Thank you for your comment and visit to my blog!

Lovely yellow Siskin, such a cute little critter!

April said...

I love your picture of the little Siskin! Nice to know that he recovered from his collision. We've had the same thing happen here, but try our best to make sure the blinds are down are certain times of the day or when there's a flock of birds after the berries. Wonderful post!!

June said...

Our hummers fly into our screens all the time - one time one actually got suspended by his beak for a moment before getting free. More alarming is when a bird flies into our sliding doors...like yours. Here's a post about our most recent time:

http://spatter.typepad.com/spatter/2008/06/a-close-call.html

Thanks for visiting Spatter...and how nice of you to take the time to make note of other bloggers in your post!

Carletta said...

He is certainly a colorful bird!

I have done what you've suggested many times - clicking on other commentators. Somedays I know I spend too much time at the PC.
I loved your phrase -"a click into the unknown."

marley said...

He does look a bit stunned. Are you sure you didn't shut the door for a photo op?! Lol :)

John said...

Cute little critter!

Lessie said...

You're so sweet to take care of him. I hate that this happens. The worst example I've witnessed is a duck that hit a window and died. UGH. Glad this one survived.

Christy said...

So glad the little fellow is okay.

Old Wom Tigley said...

I'm sure I have read of some that stops birds from doing this.. have you checked out for any tips on the RSPB wedsite?

Tom

crittoria said...

Poor little guy - he's so pretty! I'm glad that you were there to help him get his bearings again...

Joy said...

Aaawww, I can't stand injured animals.

Many thanks for your visits to Norwich Daily Photo. I hope that you enjoy the colours of summer on my blog.

joy

angela said...

It used to happen often here though I never managed to revive the poor little things. Now I've hung up some lacy curtains so they're not confused.

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