Surprised

I was sitting at the table having my lunch when I heard a thud against the window. I knew straight away what it was, a bird had flown into the glass probably because it saw the reflection and thought it was just part of the scenery. I opened the window to see if I was right and sure enough the poor little thing was lying on its back on one of the stone steps which lead up to the kitchen from the garden. We never use those steps these days and the door is kept firmly locked and bolted. Anyway I decided to go outside and have a closer look but just before I did I saw the bird suddenly get up onto its feet. It was obviously still dazed and sat there motionless. I went outside wearing a pair of gloves as I was going to try and move it to a sunny part of the garden so it could recuperate in the warmth of the sun. Even though it was only small it was a wild bird and likely to stab with its beak. I am almost certain it was a Marsh Tit and perhaps a young one.

It looked like the one in the picture. I approached it quietly as not to frighten it. I reached out slowly to stroke it gently with a view to surrounding it with my hands. My first attempt failed and the bird tried to fly away but seemed not to have the energy and fell to the ground whereupon I made a second attempt and succeeded in holding it in my cupped hands. I walked across the lawn and gently placed it in the grass in the sunshine and quietly walked away. I left it there and returned into the house. I thought about offering some water in a shallow dish we actually have seated on a stone on The Mound which is usually filled with water or seed. As I approached again it gave me the eye and suddenly flew off over the garden wall as if nothing had happened! Well he or she took me by surprise for I thought it may have had a headache to beat all headaches. Perhaps it did, perhaps it got over its unfortunate meeting with the glass pane. I sure hoped so. Windows and particularly glass panels can be confusing to birds. I once worked at an establishment where they had constructed a glass-walled walkway joining two office buildings with the restaurant building so staff could walk directly to the restaurant under cover. Many birds died after flying into the glass until they placed silhouettes of hawks here and there on the glass panels. Surprisingly it worked.

Shirley Anne

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