Some of my followers may have seen my tweet earlier today about my current ornithological death toll due to window collisions. That is to say birds flying into my windows rather than my windows crashing into the garden birds.
Unfortunately, we have had 3 such deaths in 24 hours and whilst one lovely follower suggested that my windows were too clean (if only) I started doing a bit of googling as to what it means and more importantly, what if anything I should do if and when this happens again.
The first website I came up with was the mother nature network which gives pretty fool proof advice should you hear the thump and find a non dead bird. Admittedly, it is for North American birds but I think we can probably assume that the advice is transferable to sunny old England.
More concerningly however, was the discovery on a blog site called cosmic world that birds flying into windows has superstitious folk trembling in their boots! Did you know that such an occurrence is supposed to foretell death (yikes)! Or if the bird eventually flies off it is a sign of impending doom!….
Not overly thrilled with this discovery I searched on. Thankfully, schelly16 has written a post saying perhaps that they are guardian angels which maybe ties into the American Indian belief that birds are messengers and for both good and bad things.
However, I think with all the birds busy trying to catch food for their nests they are more susceptible of misjudging spaces and distances and seeing reflections – well that’s what I’m telling myself right now!
P.S – apologies for a pictureless post but I didn’t really think you guys would appreciate photos of our fatalities.