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We buried a young Cardinal today

chico2
July 16th, 2008, 04:29 PM
As we were having dinner,a bird flew in to our patio-doors:sad:it was a beautiful young Cardinal.
Sometimes birds will be in shock and after a while will fly off,but this girl Cardinal seemed broken.
Hubby picked her up,we checked her out,she was trying to fly,but could not.
I am crying for this little girl,not really knowing what to do,but she solved the problem by dying in my hands:sad:
We buried her right beside Peppis spot.
:rip:Beautiful little bird,so sorry we could not make you whole again:sad:

hazelrunpack
July 16th, 2008, 04:40 PM
So sad when that happens. :sad:

:candle: cardinal...

Our neighbors were having a terrible problem with young birds hitting their windows. They finally hung up some twirling metal icicle looking things--they bought them at the garden shop--and hung them under the eaves in front of the windows. Works like a charm! :thumbs up

Chaser
July 16th, 2008, 04:42 PM
That is really sad....absolutely hate seeing that happen. Poor little birdie :candle:

Toonces
July 16th, 2008, 05:59 PM
awww Chico....

I am so sorry....... we have that happen here lots too with 5 sets of Patio doors and despite all the dream catchers in the windows its so hard to aviod:sad:

glasslass
July 16th, 2008, 06:14 PM
I'm so sorry. We don't have cardinals here but they look so beautiful in pictures

chico2
July 17th, 2008, 06:18 AM
Hazel,we have chimes hanging outside,also have wooden blinds,but it still happens,luckily not to often.
It looked to us like her breastbones were broken,this little life ending,made me heavyhearted for the whole evening,I am just such a wuss:sad:

Love4himies
July 17th, 2008, 06:27 AM
Oh no, cardinals are my favourite bird, I understand your feelings, chico, I would be the same way.:sad: :grouphug:

:rip: Cardinal :candle:

chico2
July 17th, 2008, 06:48 AM
L4H,we later saw a mom and pop Cardinal feeding a young bird,probably a sibling to our unfortunate little girl.
I've also noticed,several of the Gracklers(black-birds)have light-coloured legs and strange skin around the eyes,some kind of disease:shrug:
One year we had Sparrows dying,they were blind,I do not use pesticide and we now have a pesiticide-ban in Oakville,hopefully that will help the birds.

Love4himies
July 17th, 2008, 06:51 AM
We have a mating pair of cardinals that visit our feeders, they were madly feeding babies (non stop visits a couple of weeks ago), but I haven't seen them out with any babies. I hope their babies didn't die:sad:.

chico2
July 17th, 2008, 07:13 AM
L4H,yes,I think the babies are lucky if they survive to the point where they can fly.
My birdhouses were raided,one morning there were no more Sparrow-babies and stuffing hanging out of the opening:sad:
The Blue Jays are always keeping an eye on our bird-houses:evil:
Maybe your Cardinal-babies are just not ready to fly yet,I hope so:pray:

hazelrunpack
July 17th, 2008, 09:10 AM
Hazel,we have chimes hanging outside,also have wooden blinds,but it still happens,luckily not to often.
It looked to us like her breastbones were broken,this little life ending,made me heavyhearted for the whole evening,I am just such a wuss:sad:

I know how you feel--it seems like such a sad waste. :sad: :grouphug:

Have you tried something shiny outside the window? The problem with inside blinds is that the bird sees a reflection at certain times of the day that will make the inside blinds invisible--to them it looks like they can fly right through. When our neighbors put up the sparkly twirly things, it seems like the birds were distracted by it and slowed down--so even if they do hit the window, it's not fatal anymore! :thumbs up Maybe a few small mylar wind-socks or sculptures that throw the interference colors would help?

I've also noticed,several of the Gracklers(black-birds)have light-coloured legs and strange skin around the eyes,some kind of disease:shrug:
One year we had Sparrows dying,they were blind,I do not use pesticide and we now have a pesiticide-ban in Oakville,hopefully that will help the birds.

Around here, the house finches pass around a fatal conjunctivitis that causes eye inflammation and feather loss on the face. I saw a chickadee in winter that had what looked like that, even though I've never heard that it can be passed to other species. I'm pretty sure, though, that the chickadee kicked it--it seemed like the feathers filled back in and by spring I couldn't tell it from the others. So I'm :fingerscr that it survived!

We have a mating pair of cardinals that visit our feeders, they were madly feeding babies (non stop visits a couple of weeks ago), but I haven't seen them out with any babies. I hope their babies didn't die:sad:.

Once the babies are out, they can get pretty far from the nest pretty quickly. Unless you see them as they leave the nest, it's not too hard to miss them entirely once they've fledged. So they may be out and about and doing well. :goodvibes:

krdahmer
July 17th, 2008, 08:39 PM
Aw... poor birdy... thanks for giving it a nice final resting spot Chico. :grouphug::rip: Little Cardinal. :sad:

chico2
July 18th, 2008, 10:59 AM
Hazel,I kind of took part in a backyard bird-counting thing from Cornell University and the eye problem with the House-Finches was widespread,even here.
I love the House Finch,they sing so pretty,but we have none around anymore:sad:
I am going to get something sparkly in front of the doors:thumbs up

chico2
July 18th, 2008, 11:01 AM
Dahmer I had her little body in my hand,crying buckets,when she took her last breath,at least no animal got to tear her apart.

14+kitties
July 18th, 2008, 01:17 PM
:grouphug: to you Chico
:rip: little baby :candle: