Thursday, 5 June 2014

Bird Strike

I sat watching television news early this morning when there was a loud thud on the lounge window. Outside with its head down in a flowerpot was this bird:

Male Bullfinch
I turned it onto its side to take the photo. It was still alive, but out for the count.

I picked it up and it managed to open one eye. Rather than leave it in the flowerpot I wrapped it in a small hand towel and left it on the paved path in front of the window.

Although it was more comfortable its eyes were still closed. In a short while it was more lively.

Male Bullfinch in full colour

I watched it through the window as it revived but thought I would not disturb it again just to remove that small dead leaf from its head.

After about an hour it staggered off the towel and went behind the flowerpot in which I had found it. When I went to check that it was alright it flew into one of our trees apparently none the worse for its painful clash with our double glazing.

We don't see bullfinches all that often but the male is without doubt the most colourful of the birds we see.


Jo said...

Beautiful. I hate when that happens. In NC we had shadow birds (Plastic) all over our patio door and windows which seemed to help.

L. D. said...

What a great save. It knocked the wind out of it or it got hit hard in the head. It is a beautiful bird and I am glad it lived.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

poorrrrrr babyyyyyy

and beautiful

Glad you kept the cats at bay.

Martha J. M. Orlando said...

Beautiful photos! So glad the bird survived. :)

Little Nell said...

I’m glad he was all right.We were always having bird strikes in Salisbury - not with happy endings every time either :(

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

You saved him, hurrah!

I had a female downy go into W.V. sliding glass door about a million miles per hour. The neighbors were working on their roof with nailguns, and I guess she got very frightened.

She never even twitched again after hitting the door.