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Amazingly, we rarely ever have birds hitting the windows here. There is a whole wall of windows on the back of our house and many many birds live around here, which are very active throughout the day. Fortunately, they manage to navigate around them most of the time. However, a couple days ago when a large group of Pine Siskin were here, one of them slammed into a window at full speed. I hate this! It is almost painful to me, and I am not the one who slammed my head into a window.

It fell straight to the deck, belly up, and laid there completely still, aside from the movement of it’s panting. I was worried it wouldn’t make it and I crouched in the window, just a few feet from it, watching closely. It felt like a half hour went by, though I’m not really sure.

We tried to get it’s life force moving and remove any blocks in the head and neck area, and I was trying to sense if it was damaged beyond repair, when I realized it was probably knocked out cold. Dang, I know I would be!

It wasn’t long later that one eye popped open. It looked around for a few minutes. What it must have been thinking….

And finally, it flipped itself around and hopped onto it’s feet! So exciting : )

It sat there looking all around for another few minutes, gaining it’s bearings and then – probably realizing it was being watched by 2 giant humans – flew off into a tree across the yard.

Moral of the story is, make sure to always sense ahead before going forward!


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  1. Claudia

    Once, a bird did the same thing at our place and my husband (he used to live on a farm so he knows all sorts of cool nature things) looked at the bird and told me to wait and that the bird will probably be fine. I didn’t believe him at first (and I was almost crying). Anyway, he was right and the bird was ok after 30 minutes! Ah, nature šŸ™‚

  2. Valerie

    I love stories with an happy end !
    (you kept the suspense on, I had a tear ready as I discovered the first photos…)
    Just what I needed to start the weekend
    and for this you’re going to get a HUGE (( hug )) all the way across the Atlantic and quite a few States ! xxx

    ps : love its “flecky” belly šŸ˜‰

  3. Julia

    this is such a sweet story, and the pictures you got of the little guy are really good! i have a pet bird and she is always flying into windows. then i looked up the problem online (which many indoors bird have) and was so surprised to see that outdoor birds do it too! and sometimes they will even attack the windows repeatedly! they’re so funny, but i do feel a little bad for them too :p

  4. gia

    that’s a great story esp with photos of the little guy! huh, we had the same thing happen with a hummingbird in our backyard a few yrs back! he was playing with a friend and slammed into a window and went straight to the ground. he laid there not moving for awhile. i thought he was a goner but then *poof* he darted off as hummingbirds do

  5. Alejandra

    My God! I thought he was dead, I almost cry! (and then I read all the story, and breathe again…) lovely photographs! Love your blog too!! šŸ˜‰

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