This year the first day of September rolled in with a bang. Quite literally. Early in the morning as I was sitting at my computer, cup of tea in hand, there was a huge thud. A bird had hit the French doors leading onto our patio, and judging by the sound it was going at full speed. I went over to the doors, almost afraid to look. There was no way a bird could have hit with that much force and still be alive. At first glance it seemed as if my worst fears were confirmed.
The little bird was splayed, with one wing sticking out at a funny angle and its legs stuck straight out. It was also struggling for breath. Almost sadder than seeing the little bird suffering like that, was seeing its mom sitting there waiting for it to get up and fly off with her.
I stayed inside, watching and hoping and despairing. There was no way the baby bird was going to make it, and I wondered if I should do the kind thing and put it out of its misery, but knowing that deep down I was too big of a coward to actually carry through with it. Then something amazing happened. The little bird sat up.
A few minutes later the mom flew off, leaving the baby bird stranded on our patio. She must have thought it would follow her, but it just sat there, looking quite lost. I decided to go out and see if I could encourage it, but it didn't help. That's when I noticed the Purple Poop. These birds had clearly been snacking in one of the nearby patches of blackberries.
I thought it was a good sign that the bird's digestive system was working, and sure enough, a few minutes later it flew away and joined its mom. After hitting the glass so hard, I'm sure this little bird will never be the brightest one in the flock. I'm also sure we will never get the stains out of our deck.
As long as I'm on the subject of birds, I might as well show you the swallows that have taken up residence in the rafters above the garbage dumpsters. Every time I go there I'm greeted by the sounds of their gentle chirping. I especially love how they all sit tightly bunched together, like best friends having a visit.