Saturday, January 10, 2009

Robin, I had the same thing happen!

Poor little Goldfinch! Just like Robin (Robins Nesting Place),



I have so many sweet little birds that visit my yard every day...and even though I have stained glass window ornaments suction cupped to prevent birdies from running into the window,

they don't always miss it.
It's happened a couple of times before, but the poor things usually wake up not long after, and fly away.


But this little one just didn't stand a chance. His time was up. It happens, afterall.
*Robin and I just happen to be on the same wave-length this week:)

--Today I am thankful for...every living thing, who, while alive, bring joy to us in some small way, and when they die, leave memories of their beauty and the pleasure they bring us.

53 comments:

  1. Many times I have run out and picked up a downed bird and held it till it revived. Most of the time they are just knock unconscious. One time it was fatal. I grieved.

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  2. Oh, poor little one! Wonder where he thought he was going? :(

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  3. It always hurts when this happens to our bird friends.

    Gail

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  4. Hi again Jan :-)

    Ah… the stunned bird that doesn’t make it – so sad :-( I’ve seen this a few times too but fortunately more have made it than not :-D

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  5. The same thing happened here, late last spring, to a purple finch. He landed gracefully on a chair cushion and it almost looked as though he'd chosen a comfy spot to take his rest. :( Poor little things.

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  6. I've had this happen too, with a greenfinch. It's so sad. It makes me feel guilty about feeding them - and about having patio doors...

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  7. So sad to see the plight of that Robin, but as you said that's life! The Earth moves on... Time ticks on.

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  8. Ah.. thats so sad. I'v had that happen a few times also. Sorry to hear he didn't make it.

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  9. Oh no, that poor birdie. So sad ...

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  10. Beautiful and sad all at the same time. Beautiful that through this you were able to be thankful.

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  11. That makes me twice as sad now. I love the sweet little goldfinches. Why couldn't it have been one of those rotten house sparrows? To be honest, I wouldn't have wanted to see that either.

    Shirl said she didn't think mine hit a window, I don't think so either. I think it was just sick or possibly old.

    Hopefully neither one of us will have to encounter this again for a long time!

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  12. Aww, the poor little thing. I've never had this happen before.

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  13. While we were taking care of the neighbor's chickens during the ice storm and power outage, we found a mourning dove that had died. I felt sad. This finch just breaks my heart, it's so sweet.

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  14. Oh Jan,

    So sad. I have yet to see this- I hope I never do! With as much as hubby and I are getting into feeding the birds this year, it's bound to happen. You must have felt awful! All part of life, I guess, and on it goes as he'll return to the earth. Hope you have a much better day tomorrow.

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  15. Hi Jan, how sad and yet another example of how we cannot control or predict everything that happens in the garden. Birds going into the window has happened here a few times, given us a fright, but I guess they were larger birds so were stunned then flew away.
    Cheers, Catmint.

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  16. Oh, so sad to see them and not be able to do anything for them.

    It happens a couple of times each summer. Luckily most of them make it to a safe place where they can recover.

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  17. We lost a beautiful Cedar Waxwing the same way. He was just gorgeous and there are so few around here.

    We don't have a problem on the south side of the house, but the shaded north windows reflect our woods and they fly into our 2nd floor library windows.

    Cameron

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  18. So sad, Jan. We rarely have birds run into our picture window, but I have no idea why not.

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  19. Well, I hope if that ever happens here that they will just get knocked out. I've seen a humming bird fly into the side of a truck before. It only took a second for him to get his wits back again and off he went.--Randy

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  20. It's so sad when that happens. I never had a bird fly against a window. I saw a dead bird at work the other day though.
    Bek

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  21. Once, a very little winter wren flew into my window and knocked himself out. I picked him up, put him in a little box with a grate on top and brought him inside, just so a larger bird wouldn't eat him for dinner. I didn't think he was going to make it, but not only did he wake up, he managed to squeeze through the grate and was happily flying through the house. I opened a couple of windows and he finally found his way out. I still smile about that one!!
    No matter how you try to prevent it, some will still smack into your windows, but at least most of them come through it just fine.

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  22. I'm sorry your bird friend died, Jan. Poor thing!

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  23. I've suffered the same situation once last year. Oh, isn't it sad?

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  24. I know this was sad for you. I am so sorry as you are surely a friend of the birdies.

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  25. I had read that putting birdfeeders within 3 feet of a window will stop this. The birds are flying slowly and even if they hit the window, it isn't hard enough to do damage. It works, I've tried it.

    Often fishing line hung down outside a window will prevent birds striking that window. I would rather have annoying fishing line than dead birds. Good luck.
    Marnie

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  26. Aw... that's so sad. I just love birds and hate finding them dead... :(
    ~Monica

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  27. I hate to see birds die like that too. There is a pile of dead robins around one of my company's buildings. They cut down some trees around it and now the birds are all flying into it. :(

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  28. Thanks, everyone, for all of your comments:)

    Yes, it is sad to see a bird die from something other than natural causes, especially a songbird or pretty colored bird that we enjoy watching at the feeders. BUT, it's a natural part of life, and accidents will occur from time to time:( I've had it happen only once before so I'm not concerned about it as a long-term problem.

    It may be the way the sun reflects off the windows at different times of the day, that make the windows less clear to the birds...I'm not sure.

    Our windows have grids on them so they aren't completely clear (except for my kitchen window, but nothing has ever happened in that area).

    I also have colored glass balls and stained class art pieces hanging from fishing line at the windows, in addition to some stained glass window ornaments suction cupped to the glass.

    There's no way I could 'prepare' my windows any better to prevent this from happening.

    Nancy's Purple Finch, Victoria's Green Finch, Kylee's Mourning Dove,
    Cameron's Cedar Waxwing...Oh, those tales are sad to hear too! All such gorgeous birds. And Lythrum's story of the Robins...how dreadful. The trees were cut down and the beautiful robin's are now flying into her building and landing in a pile. What a gruesome picture this paints:(

    I like Flydragon's story the best, because her stunned little bird, that she took into the house (in a box) so she could nurture it, surprised her by recovering quickly and flying around the house. I'd be kind of freaked out-but, happy the bird was ok.

    Thanks again everyone, for stopping by and saying hi!
    Jan

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  29. Oh, how sad! I would have been boo hooing.I love the birds that visit my yard, my husband and kids think I'm crazy. I will go out in freezing temps to fill the feeders or pour warm water into the bird bath.( don't have a heater yet)
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I enjoy making new friends with common interest.
    btw- I'm not THAT organized, I just can't remember anything, so I have to write it down.LOL

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  30. Hi Jan

    Yes it´s so sad.When it happens in the spring I usually think that the bird has survived all the way here perhaps from Afrikaa and so does this happen here.

    Greetings

    Gunilla

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  31. Jan .. it really grabs me by the heart to see these little beauties die like this .. we also had one hit the deck door last summer .. I was sitting in my "office" when it happened .. made me feel terrible for a long time. But life is just that way.

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  32. That is so sad, I hate seeing a living creature die like that. Just to let you know.
    I love your blog, and have been following it for a couple of months now. In Feb and March I will be hosting a interview with many of the most known and renown gardening blogs of 08 and would love to do a interview with you. Please email me and let me know if you are interested. I would be more than happy to explain it in more detail. My email is vioboygarden@gmail.com. I appreciate your time and consideration.
    ~vioboy

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  33. So sad Jan :( I'll never forget the beautiful Cardinal (male) that unsuccessully tried to get past the window.

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  34. Hi Jan
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your kind comment. I am now popping in to see yours and I must say that your photography is fabulous. What camera have you got ? I have a fuji finepix S5700 and a canon EOS 30D (SLR). I think you must have a great lens because the results are so good.
    best wishes
    Maureen

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  35. When my parents moved (1978) to a brand new house in a brand new subdivision, they had a patio door that seemed to be a magnet for small quail. Most would, at first, get up and fly away....

    until our cat figured out what was happening, and then...

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  36. I think I've fixed the link to Brandon's Caringbridge site. I hope you can get there... please let me know if it doesn't work.

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  37. Oh that is sad! I guess our birds are smarter in Texas, for I've heard of this but never experienced such... thank the lord!

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  38. That is so sad. They often fly into the large windows in the back of our house.

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  39. Sad to see.
    We never had that happen.
    I guess we're lucky not to have witness such a sad event.

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  40. Poor little goldfinch! I always feel so sad and guilty when that happens. My parents have window where this became a regular problem. They put something on the entire window that lets them see out fine, but keeps the birds from trying to fly through.

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  41. Hi Jan, I totally understand about wanting to keep up with more blogs than one has time for! Lots of people also update way more frequently than I do, so there's a lot to keep up with!

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  42. Poor little bird. I love birds too and it's sad to find/see dead ones in one's yard.

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  43. Ouch! Bet that hurt. Poor little birdie........Thanks for the comment on my blog, if you want more energy, take green tea pills and B-complex.........at least it helps me, although I take about 8 different vitamins a day. B vitamins will turn your pee yellow too! Thought you might enjoy that little extra info, LOL.

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  44. Michelle of Rambling Woods had a similar dilemma recently with a bird of prey killing a dove which frequented her feeders. We all want to do the right thing by feeding the poor critters but end up being the instrument of their demise. Don't be hard on yourself, Jan. You've saved many more lives than have been lost to the windows. Good things done with evil intentions are the ones I worry about.

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  45. Darla speaks the truth! LOLOLOL!!

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  46. Oh poor little thing. The same thing happened the other day here too when a beautiful cardinal tried to come in the dinning room window. I hated seeing that.

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  47. It's too bad about the little birdie. Luckily I haven't experienced anything like that.

    Your photos are beautiful.

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  48. Hi. I really love your birdphotos.
    Found you via Blooming Friday.
    This Cristmas me and my family visited Florida, nice and warm. Guess you have colder :-).

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  49. That's so sad. I hate that sound of birds hitting the windows.

    You asked about how to follow my blog, and I think I've got it figured out now. As far as I know, I can't use the "follow" widget because my blog isn't hosted by blogspot, but in your blogger dashboard you should be able to add my blog to your reading list by adding http://tangledbranches.com/blog/atom.xml I think that automatically adds it to your "following" list. Let me know if that works?

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  50. How very sad, Poor little thing, especially to see it on two blogs just days apart.
    Birds hit our sliding glass doors occasionally, but usually recover almost immediately, thank heavens.
    They bring us so much pleasure, it's heartwrenching to see them get hurt or die.

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  51. So sad, fortunately I've seen no casualties this year, yet. I've had the Titmice flying up to my window teasing my indoor cats. They stay there as long as they can, and then keep coming back. Hmm?

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  52. My heart sank when i saw this. I know it happens, but it still hurts. You are right, be thankful for the joy they bring while alive. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. What an absolutely lovely blog! Your photos are awesome.

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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