In the last couple weeks, the Spring migration has really started to kick. Many colorful visitors have stopped by our yard in the last two weeks. Some of my favorites have been: Black-throated Green Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Blue-headed Vireos, and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Gotta love those names.
One morning this week I woke up to the bubbling call of a House Wren - first of the season. They breed every year in our yard without fail, usually building their stick nests in one of the nest boxes on our property.
Later that morning I snapped a great picture of the little guy. You might be wondering how I got so close. Unfortunately he had flown right into one of the glass doors on our house, and was in a state of shock when I took the picture.
Even though we have most of the windows in our house covered with ultraviolet decals we still have occasional collisions. Usually a small bird can shake things off. They go through a slow "reboot" cycle where they seem to check out all the vitals, and only after all tests pass do they take off. Eventually this guy decided all systems were "go", and he turned and went.
Birds colliding with windows is actually a major problem. Does your house have lots of large windows? Have you ever found a bird, dazed and confused, outside one of your sliding glass doors? Do you have bird feeders near your house? If so,
I highly recommend reading Cornell's article on window collisions.
Here at our house we have found that the ultraviolet stickers from WindowAlert work very well. Definitely check them out. Since we put them up the rate of collisions has gone way down.