Thursday, 04 July, 2002

Bird Hits Window

We have these large windows on the north side of the house that apparently reflect enough of the sky and the overhanging oak tree to fool the occasional bird into trying to fly through them.  This seems to happen much more often if we open the blinds on the inside.  We had another victim today, right after we got back from the movie (Men In Black II—go see it if you liked the original), and Debra went outside to check on it.  It was stunned, but strong enough to sit on Debra's hand.  She held it for five minutes or so, until it took off and sat in the oak tree for a while.  We came out to check on it about 15 minutes later, and it was gone.  Hopefully none the worse for its experience.  I guess we should hang some crystals or other bird deterrent from the windows in order to prevent future episodes.

I got a pretty good close up of the bird.  If you can identify the species, please let me know.

Update 07/06:  A helpful reader identified the species for me.  It's a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  He also provided a number of links, among them the USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter entry.  You just gotta love the Internet.  I posted this entry on Friday evening.  Saturday afternoon I had a message identifying the bird.  Ain't technology wonderful?