While hosting our Christmas holiday festivities this year a number of birds hit the windows at one time with a heartwrenching thump, thump. The mass hit seemed to challenge my previous observations and remedies in my blog posting The Killing Field. Although the hits did not result in bird fatalities I have thought about that day from time to time.
Yesterday a similar occurrence happened. I wondered why after days of not having a bird window hit would several birds hit the window at one time. Maybe it was the position of the sun and the reflection of the trees in the window, but I am not convinced that would account for numerous birds making a series of hits in a short span of time.
Thinking back to when we lived on an old homestead surrounded by fields and woods. It was not unusual to have birds at the feeders scatter en masse when a hawk was near. There were several times after a hawk fly over, he would perch in the trees overhead and make a loud clicking sound. At the time I wondered if he was serious about the hunt or did he just like the sport of scaring the songbirds.
Just thinking, maybe I need to be more observant and respond to the next mass bird hit by walking out on the deck to check out the skyline and treetops overhead to see if there is a hawk in the area.