We have one big picture window in our dining room. It’s my favorite window in the house–it looks out onto a big wooded lot and all my bird feeders are out there. Every once in a while, some silly bird flies into the window. I can only recall one or two birds that actually died when that happened–I found them on the ground under the window. But, over the years, a handful of other birds have hit the window and then slowly recovered. Yesterday, we heard a bird hit, and when I looked outside it had fallen down into the snow.
I’ve heard that you should not pick up an injured bird if you can avoid doing so. It can stress the bird out and not be good for them. So I don’t if it can be helped, but face-down in the snow doesn’t seem like a good place to recover! I did pick up this little Goldfinch yesterday and held it gently in my warm gloves. The bird stayed for a couple minutes and then flew onto a fence for a few minutes more.
About three years ago, an Indigo Bunting flew into my neighbor’s window. We didn’t pick him up but just kept an eye on him while he recovered so no neighborhood cats would get him. I remember it took him a long time, but finally he flew off, again looking just fine.
I did a little research on the web and there’s tons of information out there about ways to minimize the chance that birds will fly into your windows. Here’s a link to one website that has a number of ideas. I’ll have to look into some of those ideas and see what might work for us.