Thursday, February 23, 2017

Smarter than the average dove

 Another day, another kamikaze dove.

This one appears to have kept his eyes open upon impact.
I'm not finding any bodies below the window, so my assumption is that 
New Mexico doves are very good bouncers, though not very bright.

Then again, maybe the feral beast eats them
before I find them.


Ok, so maybe they're not as intellectually challenged as I thought.


  1. The feral beast is keeping them away from the window.

  2. Yee gads ... what craziness!!! One year we had robins attacking the glass storm door on our house. Not that my windows are that clean, but they dive bombed it constantly, til it looked like a total massacre on my front porch! Blood and bodies everywhere ... ugh! As suddenly as they started this stupidity, they stopped, and I was so thankful.

  3. JCC is a full-time predator. Are you old enough to remember the movie The Incredible Shrinking Man? Scary cat!

  4. We have a large round window (nautical looking) on the 3rd floor of our office building and have the same problem. Certain times of the year reflections in that window created from the surrounding trees apparently "camouflage" the glass and the poor birds think they are flying into the trees. It's VERY loud when they hit, and we've only found a few (over my 20 years there) on the outside entry. Unfortunately, years ago one broke a section of the window and made it into the office. My poor boss had to capture it and get it back outside...and board up the window until it could be fixed.

  5. I like to call the doves country pigeons. They are all over the place here. Don't fly high or fast enough to crash into the window. They leave that to the other birds.

  6. Anne Boleyn2/23/17, 7:23 AM

    You're going to have to stop keeping your windows so clean. Every dove 7MSN will be in a neck brace by March 1st!

  7. Poor doves, does this happen on daytime or nnightime? this is one of the main reason of birds' death in big cities because they hit the highest glass floors of sky scrapers. Which is why orgznizations like Audubon have called for switching off the lighs of these floors at night. Johnny would not eat them as they have too many feathers for him to deal with

  8. I feel bad for the doves. :( Hope they are bouncing back.

  9. The study of the hunting habits of predator birds, especially hawks, reveals that they chase their bird prey in flight and eventually fly them into glass or the side of a building. This stuns the prey and they drop to the ground, suitable for Mr. Hawk to swoop down and pick up. I'm lucky enough to have a living room with floor to ceiling windows on 3 sides and an expansive meadow on the perimeter of the yard. I've seen this played out daily for 11 years.