Archive for pigeon
This is getting into a kind of custom: on each year at this time, a pigeon crashes into one of the windows of our house and the crash leaves an imprint that I always find impressive as a sort of ultimate picture! (This happened in 2008 and 2009, hence the title.) This year, I did not hear the crash nor did I find any trace of the poor bird so it either survived the crash or got eaten by a cat, feathers and all…. The picture is not as impressive as in 2008 (or as in this Flickr picture), which may explain for the softer hit!
After a pair of doves died when trying to break in my house, a young starling only got dazed from hitting my window this morning. I head a bang and came to see a magpie attacking a young starling—without the characteristic white dots—while an older starling—with the white dots—was trying to chase the magpie away. When I opened my window, both the magpie and the older starling went away but the younger one, while alive, could not fold its wings. I called my daughter and we put the bird in a window corner on a pile of newspapers with a cup of water. After a while, the poor bird got on its legs and hesitantly stood in the sun. A few minutes later, when we came back to check, the bird had gone away. There were a few down feathers nearby so it may be that a lucky cat found a free meal there (!), but, even though the neighbourhood is full of cats chasing birds, I doubt this is the case as we usually find a few more traces of those cat meals. Anyway, there are so many birds hitting our windows that I start to wonder if our house was built on an avian Uluru of sorts…!
There must be some seasonal reason like a special sun position or something like that for pigeons to repeatedly come crashing into my office window pane! About one year after the first one, another unaware pigeon hit my window pane this morning! This time, it apparently survived the trauma as I have not found a dead pigeon under my window… The outline of the pigeon body left on the glass is also less well-marked compared with last time.