“What was that noise?”
It was 6am. And a sound similar to a loud gunshot reverberated in the air. It turns out that the sound originated from an impact collision. A ruffled grouse flew at a high rate of speed directly into one of the front windows of the house. The impact killed the bird.
He was prone on the front entrance of our home. A beautiful bird and I felt very badly that it was dead.
Bird-window crashes are unfortunately quite common. I have read estimates that suggest up to one billion birds are killed each year in the United States. Yes. One billion.
The bird strike at our home is not the first one. There were several last year. Always on the same window. I suspect that the reflection of the trees gets painted on this particular window and it fools the bird into thinking that there is open space. If there are continued bird strikes on the window, I may need to consider putting some form of covering to reduce the reflection.