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
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