A few days ago I was in the kitchen talking on the phone with my mom. Something hit my sliding glass doors and made such a loud noise that I screamed! I looked up just in time to see a dove fall to the patio and a Cooper's hawk right at the door swooping down to catch the dove! My scream caused the hawk to fly off very quickly leaving the dove behind.
This is my sliding glass door after the dove hit. It left almost the whole impression of the dove in flight on the glass. I wish I knew what was on the feathers that caused the white powdery substance to be on the glass. Do birds have that much dander?
The poor stunned bird sat for the longest time not moving. I finally put on some gloves and slipped outside and stroked the bird. It never flinched.
Libby sat for the longest time with her nose to the glass watching the dove. I stayed close by too keeping an eye out for the hawk.
After about three hours it finally stood on its feet and turned around. It was getting close to dark and the temperature was dropping, I tried to figure out what to do with the injured bird. Not know what else to do, I decided that I would cut some of my ornamental grass and put it in a box and put the bird in the box on the patio for the night. I stepped outside with the box and the bird immediately flew away. What a huge relief!
The next day I moved the swing frame with the feeders a little farther back in the yard and closer to a tree. This is the first time that a bird has hit my windows like this. It was very upsetting, but at least it turned out well for everyone, well, everyone except the hawk!