Friday, January 22, 2010

A Bird in the Hand


This morning, while sewing some eye pillows, I heard a bird hit the window. When I went outside to check, the chickens were standing by, commiserating over the birds lack of good fortune. It was a very stunned yellow finch, and I picked her(him?) up and held her close to warm her. It's cold here this morning, so I brought her in the house. When it seemed she perked up, I took her outside to see if she'd fly off. This was repeated a number of times, but she was perfectly content to hang out with me. I was beginning to wonder if she would not be able to fly, but happily, she flew off after about an hour. A happy ending. Isn't she lovely? I need to research about bird feeders, as this seems to be happening a lot lately. Joseph put up the new feeder about 14 ft. from the house, which seemed far enough away, but maybe not? I know they make hawk stickers to put on windows, but will that keep them from the feeders? Is the best bet to move them? Have any of you dealt with this?

4 comments:

kriips said...

awww... such a sweet picture :) I don't know about how far the feeders should be... sorry. we've had a few fatalities too, and we use stickers (not hawk though) on the windows. But they seem to have lessened those
cases. It feels wonderful though, to hold a tiny bird in your hand and feel the trust between species...

Laurie said...

Anne, I just read some articles & think I may try some stickers on the large double window. I just realized the window hit this morning has a screen that J didn't put back after window-washing last fall. So, we'll get that back up today. The first window has screens on the inside, though. Were the mushrooms on your post wild?

Sharon said...

We have a bird feeder less than ten feet from our house, but our windows are pained (I have no idea how to spell that!). Fortunately, that seems to keep the birds from crash landing!

Kiki said...

What a sweet gentle soul...so wonderful you found her/him..a happy ending indeed! Lovely photo..
Kiki~