A few weeks ago I was at my grandmother's house in North Bennington and a
male Goldfinch was lying on the porch steps on its back. We gently rolled it
over and realized that it was not in fact dead, but stunned. There were a
couple of feathers pressed on the window where it had hit. He just lay there
his eyes moving quickly for a while so we let him be. I could've easily
picked him up at that point. Later on I came back to check on him and he was
peacefully singing away his sore head in the tree above the feeder.
On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 7:37 AM, William H. Barnard <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> A colleague shared an experience with me. He noted a Black Capped
> Chickadee in a lilac bush near his house. It did not fly at his
> approach and he was able to pet or stroke its belly. The bird appeared
> to be sleeping. After 30 seconds, the birds eyes opened up and head
> popped up and it hopped off a few feet. Then flew away.
> I suggested that it did not seem to me the bird was sleeping. I
> wondered if it had hit a window of the house and was recovering from the
> blow. Could a bird sleep so soundly that it would permit such an
> approach and touch?
> Bill Barnard