This post should have written in April, but as I (this is the problem with social media!) posted about it on my new Twitter account and Google Plus, I didn’t post it here. However, I’ve referred to it often enough in real life in the five weeks since the incident, so I realized having a blog post would be useful. It’s a topic that concerns people.
If you have bird feeders and big bird-friendly trees at your home, you are likely to have a couple of window crashes per year. Architecture styles and lighting-use habits of city property owners do little to mitigate the damage they do by confusing the birds with inappropriate lights and reflections; homeowners can help by being careful where the feeder is located (asking: where will a bird startled at the feeder fly towards?) and also by putting non-reflective tape on windows so that birds realize it’s not a real window to fly through.
I caught it again when it got into my bean plants at the patio window. I took a whole bunch of finger-perching pics while taking it outside. It stayed on my finger all the way, until I transferred it to a hanging honey locust branch. From there it flew up to a branch in my tall cedar, and from there it flew off.
Being so close to downtown, I never expected this visit, but I’m glad it turned out better than it might have. And since its visit, I’ve had quite a few other migrating birds enjoying my tall tree and burbling pond.