Friday, January 23, 2009

and again (final update)

Just about to walk out the door when another bird hit the window. This one is barely alive. His eye is covered in blood and he can't close his beak. I wrapped him in a towel and brought him inside to the downstairs bathroom to keep him warm. I don't want to leave him alone.

I don't feel it's right to take a picture because he doesn't look very good. But I want him to be prayed for and remembered.

I'm going back down to be with him.


His eye is no longer red, but it's clouded over. His beak is almost closed and he's moving his head somewhat panicked. I don't want to scare him into a heart attack so I've left him to settle a bit. He's still in the bathroom wrapped in a towel in a box since it's too cold outside.

In the meantime, I've removed the decal to the window upstairs (the only one I'm able to reach) and done this:

I could give 2 sh*ts that it looks like Sanford & Son. I'm just mad at myself for not thinking of this sooner. The back windows are still a big problem though.

Going to check on the little guy. Be back soon.


Little guy's beak is closed!!! He doesn't seem as stunned. I took a quick photo (without a flash of course). He is such a sweet heart! This guy better make it.

The sun is shining brightly so I put him back outside to see how he does. He is looking at me like, "who the hell?" but he looks sooooooo much better!

***(final update)***

Let's just say, miracles can happen:

I did not think this bird was going to make it based on the first few moments after he hit. Who knows if he's going to fly off and die but he certainly did not look like the same bird that was brought into the house. The bleeding eye makes me think he has a brain hemorrhage which could mean his brain is still swelling and then who knows what. But I want to think that he's going to be ok. I don't think he can see out of that one eye though. Do you think the clouding over will disappear in time?

Now I am going to attempt to leave this house without any more animal crisis's. That means no pooping on the countertops Chumley!!!


KBL 2 ORD 2 SAN 2 LUV said...

Maybe all these birds just want to be a part of your loving household? They see how well you care for and love C & W and they want some of that lovin'. Poor little birds. If I were a bird and I had to hit windows, it would be yours. I know I would be loved.

By the way, the high rises in Chicago all had decals of owls and other types of "prey" birds they stuck to the high windows to prevent birds from flying into them. From the angle they are flying, the sky may be the only reflection until they get down to an angle to be able to see the decals, and when they do, it may be too late to pull up. Does that make sense?

Maybe you can try opaque large decals that don't allow reflection on the other side. I remember seeing those owls thinking they were real because even from down on the ground the sky wouldn't reflect off the decals.

I'll be praying for the little guy.

Smileygirl said...

I got a hawk opaque decal for that front window and still didn't prevent them from hitting it. My neighbors have a bird feeder that sits too close to our house and window so I think I need to kindly ask them to move it. We have to figure out something for the back window. Even after we move I don't want this to continue happening.

Erin said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I cannot believe that this keeps happening to you. You have such a kind heart and soul.
P.S. I laughed at the Sanford and Sons comment

Clippy Mat said...

what about if you make a big X with black tape across the windows? i'm serious. or a scarecrow outside?
it couldn't hurt could it?
the word must have gotten out about the bird sanctuary you started.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What the hey? they are so attracted to you!!! That must be it.
yeah, who cares if if looks like sanford and son, or even like you have a blair witch living w/ the birds!!

Paige said...

this child genius invented invisible decals that only birds can see, using UV paint that is out of the range of the human spectrum. you should see if you can get your hands on them

Jules said...

Its so horrible the birds keep doing this. I keep thinking modern technology must have a solution?

Smileygirl said...

I just read the story about that little boy and wow! He is a genius! What a smart, kind hearted guy he is. I got some ultra violet decals for the window but I think I must have put them on wrong because it still didn't prevent those last 2 from last week from hitting the window. But so far my giant "X" signs seem to be doing the trick.