Sadly, this golden-crowned sparrow is no longer with us. He hit one of my recently cleaned windows yesterday, and reminded me why I had put off cleaning them for so long. He looked so lifelike when I found him in a planter beside the front door, so I thought he deserved to be remembered as he might have been only moments before. I propped him up to sit on the snapdragon stem.
He has dirt on his beak and his feathers are a bit scruffy from his fall into the dirt, but he still looks beautiful to me, except that he’s not alive anymore. I feel really bad when I lose a bird on my windows.
Golden-crowned sparrows have a mournful song, and today I had the distinct feeling that his friends were looking for him.
If you listen to this very short video clip, you’ll hear his friends calling for him, saying, “Where are you? … I’m so alone.”
I heard that awful sound again,
A bird has hit the window pane.
Emma perked up at the sound,
Barked and stood up, looked around.
On the landing it was clear,
No dead birds, not far, not near.
Maybe he survived, I thought,
Just a headache he has got.
Later as I watered flowers,
Wanting to avoid the showers,
I looked down to place my feet,
When I saw this bird so sweet.
Feeling faint, I lifted him,
Knowing that his chance was slim,
Broken-hearted, I could see,
No more would he sing for me.
Beautiful, he looked in life,
Wonder if he had a wife,
Soon I heard her calling sweet,
Hoping that her love she’d meet.
One last perch upon a stem,
Such a beauty, such a gem,
As his soul wings high above
We’ll remember him with love.