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Bird hits window, leaves a perfect imprint

By Gary Bogue
Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 7:47 am in Birds, Window.

Bird hits window, makes BIG impression. Photo by Barbara in Blackhawk, CA
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Gary:
The day before Easter we were away all day.  When we got home we noticed a smudge on the sliding glass door.   It wasn’t until the next day we saw what it was.  A bird wasn’t in the window… it had hit the window and left its imprint!  We looked around for a body but found nothing.  But it must have had some headache!
Barbara in Blackhawk

Barbara:
All birds have a “feather dust” coating their feathers. This coating is created when the feather quills (stems) break down and turn to dust. It helps make the feathers more waterproof … and it also leaves a perfect imprint of the bird if it hits a window. Fortunately, since you didn’t find a body, the bird was probably only stunned and flew away after collecting its wits.

A one-time accident can happen like this on anyone’s window. If it happens again and again on the same window, you may need to modify the reflection by hanging a potted plant in the middle of everything. /Gary

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