I found this guy on my porch as I was walking into the house this afternoon. He must have bumped into the bedroom window, and became stunned. I was happy to see that its neck looked OK. A broken neck from a window strike is fatal to birds.
Often, they are only stunned and need to collect their wits before they fly off and return to their day. I picked up the bird to keep it warm and calm. I was going to put it in a box and place it away from lurking predators. However, after a few seconds, I felt the bird try to flap its wings in my hand. I loosen my grip and the bird flew to a nearby branch. It immediately let out its trademark song, a high-pitched “pee-wee.”
It was an eastern wood-pewee and we will hear that song in the woods all summer.
Love this! I’ve lent a warm hand to many a bird stricken down by windows or by a car…once a yellow bellied sapsucker that as soon as I started wrapping it gently in a towel to place it near water, it flew around the room! I managed to catch it, let it go and it lit on a tree, came around and looked my way before flying off! I keep bells on my cat so she can’t sneak up on songbirds… she doesn’t know why they seem to always get away!
Heard one there last year but didn’t get to see one until now! Nice work.