Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Follow the link

Someone else had the same owl experience but with a far better window image - here is the link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-14111152
Thanks to Dandelion. I'm green with envy.

16 comments:

Scarlet Blue said...

I looked at this, poor owl.
I sometimes have smaller birds hitting my window panes. They sit around dazed and confused for a bit and then fly away. I'm hoping that if a smaller bird can cope with this type of impact then so can an owl. They do make a bit of a disturbing 'thwack' when they hit though.
Sx

The Unbearable Banishment said...

I'm glad you didn't have an owl corpse to deal with. On vacation, I hit a sparrow with my car and felt an wholly unexpected sadness well-up.

Guyana-Gyal said...

The article says it happens a lot this time of year, it seems. I hope no owl is injured.

I sometimes watch birds peer at themselves in our car window.

Once, two friends in Jamaica had a bird attacking its image in the side mirror of their jeep and it would poo all over the door, hahaha [yes, sorry, I used to laugh every time the man grumbled about having to clean it while his wife slept happily].

kenju said...

THAT is utterly amazing!!

R. Sherman said...

Wow.

Cheers.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

incredible image! geeeeeee.........
so happy no evidence of injury found by homeowners although one knows there must have been - i will envision sir owl flying off into the night to "lick his wounds" such as they might have been, none the worse for wear and tear today! ;)
thanks so much for posting that one, pat - oh, and you should check out on the net the thing of your messenger owl - if you know the breed that hangs out at your place, that would be good too -
have a great day there!

Ponita in Real Life said...

As per UB, I've hit many small birds driving across the vast Canadian Prairies... once had to peel a very flat, dry and crispy sparrow off the front of the radiator. It's much worse when a flock of very tiny birds is on the road and decides to fly away at the last (and too late) second. Then it was picking little bloody corpses out of the wipers. Unfortunately, that happened twice in one day when driving through the Rocky Mountains in the winter. :-(

And for amusement, watching male barn swallows see themselves in your vehicle's sideview mirror in mating season is hilarious! A battle royal ensues, with much chittering and bouncing off the mirror. :-)

The owl image is lovely... I hope that one and yours both escaped with mere bruises.

Pat said...

Scarlet: the one on the link must have hit with a hell of a thwack.

UB: thankfully dead birds are a rarity and yet they must be dying all the time. Where do they go I wonder.

GG: We have pigeons jumping on each other on my arbour and then in sheer exultation crap on the seat below. We not amused:)

Judy: :)

Randall: glad you followed the link:)

Pat said...

Gypsywoman: I googled and found some interesting info and have decided to ignore the doom and gloom and look upon our owl as a loving wise spirit.

Ponita: I believe our imprint is so delicate that he would have just ruffled his feathers, kicked himself and flown away.
Poor little bloody corpses.

Eryl said...

That really is spectacular. And now I know about feather powder.

We have a lot of blue tits here and they are always pecking at the kitchen windows, but as far as I know none has ever injured itself, and I have seen no interesting imprints.

Pat said...

Eryl: I reckon most days we learn something from fellow bloggers.

Guyana-Gyal said...

I'm not amused when the thrush do it on our benches either!

But the hummingbird in our veranda is adorable.

Owl 'powder'. I still haven't gotten over that bit of information.

Pat said...

GG: owl powder - I prefer Clinique myself:)

Pearl said...

Oh, that's fantastic.

You know, I work in downtown Minneapolis, where we have skyways -- glass enclosed walkways leading, on the second floors -- from one building to the next, a clever way to keep us from having to go outdoors in those 6 months out of the year when Natures tries to kill us with cold. The City had problems with birds flying into the glass (because we do honestly have a clean city) and so ended up putting up cut outs of hawks on the glass...

No more dead birdies on the ground.

:-)

Pearl

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

That is an AMAZING Picture!!
I am still worried about that Owl and your Owl, too...I know when this kind of thing happens, usually the Bird is going at quite a clip---And could be very badly hurt....Maybe in each case they were able to get away, but...we don't know if they are really alright, OR, damaged beyond life....Sorry to be so Gloom & Doom, but I've seen it happen here with much smaller Birds and an immediate ending, I'm afraid...

Pat said...

Pearl: that's a great idea. Now I have to find me a hawk cut out:)

Naomi: I'm optimistic about mine as there was no trace in the garden, I didn't hear any loud bangs and the imprint was quite faint. Not so sure about the other one.