The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ghost Bird


We had an Eurasian Collard Dove smack into our window one day.  
At night the moment of impact shows really well.


Death was instantaneous so he did not suffer. 
Yesterday's snake is not poisonous. Just a harmless garter snake.
Yes, I'm leaving it on the window as a reminder to others,
unless my wife forgets and squirts it off with the hose.












19 comments:

  1. Oh that is sad but made a great photo. We had it too twice, they break their neck immidately indeed, but it scares you to death to here such a bang against the window.

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  2. That has happened here only one time, and death was instantaneous. Still, it is so sad. Buddy ALWAYS shakes his head...but I may be shaking mine this weekend. I have agreed to go with him to another WV run in Fayetteville,WV,tomorrow. He says we are not in a No-Tell-Motel, but I am a bit fearful considering his track record. Stay tuned for the verdict.

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  3. well, that's literally leaving your mark on the world. poor silly dove. i hate when that happens, but that looks really cool. :)

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  4. So sad. I went to the Marina early in the morning and there was a dead bird by the big glass doors. Same fate.

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  5. Catching up on your doings today and can't believe all your wildlife adventures! Great that you got those shots of the bobcat and I loved the colors on the snake too. The ghost bird must have been going pretty fast to leave such a vivid imprint.

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  6. Pity for the bird and a little creepy it is. But like bieb said it happens here also.

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  7. What I've never understood is why birds fly at windows anyway; during summer I leave windows open but the house does not fill up with birds! Someone said that it's the reflection that attracts them but I don't see birds having head-on collisions with each other either!

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  8. Poor little dove! I don't know why, birds will hit this window by me...it will happen quite often then will go months that I don't hear one. So far, no resulting death.

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  9. Aw, poor bird. It definitely left an imprint for a memorable photo.

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  10. I have loads of birds flying into my windows... I tried to put decals of hawks to deter them but it didn't seem to work. Just two deaths in the past eight years though.

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  11. Apparently window-strikes kill more birds than any other man-made cause except habitat destruction: http://lifehacker.com/5911467/how-to-stop-birds-from-flying-into-your-windows

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  12. This reminds «Louis» of the Gary Larson cartoon showing a bird flying into a window with the caption "another bird discovers the phenomenon of windows
    ".

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  13. That is an amazing image he left. Too bad he had to die for it. Hopefully the other birds will see that and know there is something there.

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  14. oh a shame the dove did itself in on this one but glad it was instant at least. I cringe when I hear that noise of a rainbow lorikeet (mostly) heading into an upstairs window. They fly like concordes, no wonder they have some near misses.

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  15. Too bad about the dove. Didn't realize they left a mark like that. Sorta spooky.

    Felicia

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  16. I hope he's not a ghost bird now.

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  17. HI John.... As I set here I am looking at 3 patterns similar to that on my patio door : )))!!
    Mine are Mourning doves who seem to always live through the ordeal, although I am sure they are a little dingy headed for a while!!
    They sure do leave an image!! lol

    Grace

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