By Eilene Lyon
We live in a forested area with many birds – and in a house with lots of windows. Once we started using UV decals, the number of birds striking our home dropped, but did not stop altogether. Every year, some continue to perish this way, which really saddens me, but I really don’t know what more to do.
Fortunately, not all the birds that hit our windows die. Some of them fly away immediately. Others need a little recovery time. I put them in a safe, warm place that they can leave whenever they’re so inclined. The most recent one was a pine siskin.
This fierce, diurnal raptor I’m holding is a Northern Pygmy-owl. It struck one of the windows on two separate occasions. On the first, it landed on the deck and when I went out to check on it, flew to a nearby tree to recover. The second time, it wasn’t quite so swift.
I think it was attracted to the swarms of songbirds at one of our feeders. The feeder isn’t anywhere near a window, so I’m not sure what was going on with this silly bird!