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Thursday, August 17, 2006

SHROUD OF TERN


I know everyone is tired of the frickin' animal posts, but I couldn't pass this one up.

I obviously made a huge mistake placing the bird feeders outside the kitchen window at our new house. While it is near a bird sanctuary, there are few places on the actual property to put feeders and still be able to see from inside the birds who visit.


This poor birdie, who was coming in for a nice meal, I'm sure quickly lost his appetite. He must have recovered from the impact because he was nowhere to be seen once we discovered his chalk line on the window.

The ironic part is that while I was taking this picture another bird hit the sliding glass doors by the deck area where there are no feeders at all.

Am I reliving Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" or what?

17 Comments:

Anonymous Robert said...

Takes the term, "to kill a mockingbird" to new heights wouldn't you say?

Thu Aug 17, 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous dee said...

That is really weird, Diane! Occasionally a bird flies into our porch windows, but I've never seen anything like that!
Dee

Thu Aug 17, 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous dmc said...

That is strange. Maybe its Louise and Richy. Thats a nice thought. What a great picture. Unbelievable.

Thu Aug 17, 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

got your email.visit this blog daily anyway...I say keep it on the window as a deterrent to other birds..maybe your bird was on a suicidal, hari-kari (canary) mission of some sort! Maybe he saw Major/Minor inside and thought it was easy prey...oops!

Thu Aug 17, 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you ever wash the window? Do you want not only a deterant for the birds and /or a relic. ?
Anyway, some birds see their image in sparkling clean windows. They think it's another bird.
We stopped putting food in our bird feeder when they "thanked us" by leaving their "gifts" on our car.

Thu Aug 17, 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe you can auction window on ebay like those people with Mary/Jesus images on potato chips , twinkies, etc...if the bird inmage starts to weep, is prob just residue from another bird's droppings!

Thu Aug 17, 04:54:00 PM  
Blogger Tom from Brick said...

This is so obvious. It's the spirit of that bird that your killer chiwawa did in a while back. He's come back to haunt you. Better get ghost busters.

Thu Aug 17, 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

you should have a loud speaker playing a perennial loop of "bye, bye, birdie" and keep it as a memorial to your old pet bird..

Thu Aug 17, 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

Black Bird flying in the dead of night/take these broken wings and learn to fly/all your life/you were only waiting for this moment to be free/Black bird fly/black bird fly/ into the deep of the dark black night.

~The Beatles
1968

Thu Aug 17, 09:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

I had managed at a large commercial building in Somerset County for 9 years ending in 2005.One Christmas break in I believe 2000 it was particularly foggy and warm. The building with it's lights off and it's windows tinted to reflect sunlight was particularly hazardous for no less than 29 birds! The had flown into the windows of this three floor building over the Holiday.
Upon our return,I had to send a guy out to retrieve all the dead birds.
The animal rights people in the building were furious to say the least.
Once I had a wild turkey crash into the building. He weighed about 15 pounds .Broke his neck;it was over quickly I'd say.
I promptly hauled him into the woods for nature and beast to do it's dastardly duty.

Thu Aug 17, 09:12:00 PM  
Anonymous peanut butter and jelly said...

Makes you wonder if the birds in Ocean County are going crazy. Being quite the pessimist lately, it make me wonder about West Nile Virus or Bird Flu. Ha! Ha! At the very least maybe a bird version of "mad cow disease" is about to be discovered.

Thu Aug 17, 09:50:00 PM  
Anonymous antipeta said...

pete, shoulda recycled that turkey for your holiday table...a fancier version of road kill...gobble,gobble..

Fri Aug 18, 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous jane said...

It reminds me of the Windex commercial with birds hitting the window.

Fri Aug 18, 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked at the Bell Labs building in Holmdel for many years. That building has a huge exterior of mirrored glass which was just an open invitation for kamikaze birds like yours. It's tough to be a bird!

Fri Aug 18, 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Norm said...

Your window is a veritable work of art. It belongs in the Vatican alongside the Shroud of Turin.

Fri Aug 18, 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, now they say the shroud of turin a fraud..maybe diana's window was "doctored" too! we all luv conspiracy theories!

Fri Aug 18, 08:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Hartster said...

You want signs? The day after production day at my old newspaper we all - the staff of the two offices, four people total - were called into out managing editor's office. I was driving; on the way there a crow hit the windshield and left black goo on it (didn't crack it, though.)

That was the day I was transferred from one newspaper as editor to reporter of the other. Not too soon afterward, I quit and never looked back.

Tue Aug 29, 09:36:00 PM  

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