I wonder how often you think about your windows and skylights and the bird traps they can be.
Yesterday the Captain was doing some jobs in his workshop. He had the regular door and the garage door to that building wide open as he was going in and out a lot. After he’d been in the house for a bite of lunch, he went back out to the workshop and saw this little nuthatch flying against the workshop window, trying to get out.
The nuthatch had come into the shop and then, fooled by the light, thought he could get out through the window. He kept flying at the pane of glass, trying in vain to escape, even though the door and the garage door were both still wide open. All he saw was the window and he couldn’t get through it.
The Captain used a soft trout fishing net to capture him and bring him outside. I noticed that his beak had a lot of spider webs on it. The Captain acknowledged that his workshop window is a bit cobwebby.
Luckily the nuthatch was only a bit stunned, and not seriously hurt. He sat in the Captain’s hand for a few extra seconds after I took the picture and then he flew away. I think he was one happy bird!
Do you have a skylight in a breezeway or in the covered entrance to your house? Check it for trapped birds.
If you hang a basket of flowers there, especially pink ones, you’ll kill countless hummingbirds. Even without the flowers to attract them, hummingbirds can fly in and then not realize that the sky above them is blocked off with a glass pane. They will try and try to fly up and out through that closed skylight, sometimes injuring themselves and exhausting themselves until they fall down and often times die.
This fellow is one of the two lucky ones that I helped rescue from a neighbour’s skylight.
It also reminded me that I should have kept my hummingbird feeder up especially in this colder weather. We have had hummingbirds overwinter here on Vancouver Island in the last several years, so it helps to supplement their diet when their natural food is scarce.
Flying up into the sky,
I was stopped and don’t know why,
Up I flew repeatedly,
But it soon defeated me.
I was panicked, I was tired,
Minutes more, I’d be expired.
Holding on for life so dear,
I saw Anneli coming near.
Up the ladder she did climb,
Capturing me from behind
Softly she held onto me,
Wobbling down so carefully.
Dark and warm and safe I was
Then she let me go to buzz,
Back to my own territory,
Now she’ll tell the world my story.
Please beware the window pane
Skylights fool us time and again.
Please don’t kill us with these traps
You don’t mean to kill perhaps.
But we birds are easily tricked
By the choice of panes you’ve picked.
Meanwhile we’ll be careful too
Knowing what these panes can do.