I am quite sure many of you have heard the unfortunate sound at least once of a thud against your home’s picture window if you have one. That thud usually signifies that a bird has crashed into the window. Unfortunately many of us fail to take that step of protection on behalf of our feathered friends and put a screen covering over those picture windows. One afternoon this past summer I heard that ominous thud….but a thud times one-hundred. I immediately had a sinking feeling because I was pretty certain it could only mean one thing. I went to the window expecting to see lying under the window a Robin or even a Blue Jay, given the loudness of the sound. But no……there on my front porch right under the window was a mature Cooper’s hawk looking up at the window with a look of complete puzzlement. He seemed to be okay but there was obviously no way I could really know at that moment.
I immediately went scurrying off to the next room to get a camera in the hopes I could get a photo or two documenting this incident, as hopeless as accomplishing that task might sound. I decided it best to try and get photos from the inside of the house through the window rather than trying to go outside where I would surely startle and perhaps cause him to further injure himself since I had no idea as to what injuries the hawk may have sustained.
I returned immediately with the camera and found the hawk still just sitting there right below the window continuing to stare up at the window with bewilderment. I then snapped my first photo which seemed to clearly capture the moment.
He then began slowly pacing back and forth under the window while continuing to look up at the window with that puzzled look. The hawk seemed to be completely transfixed on the window and what had just occurred. You could almost see the wheels turning as he tried to figure out the situation. It also seemed from my vantage point that he had not sustained any type physical injury. He then hopped up on the bottom wrought iron porch railing an continued to peer upward toward the window at what had to appear from his perspective as a very large black whole since my windows are very dark in appearance.
The hawk then leaps from the railing down to one of the landscape timbers serving as a flower bed border located below the porch as if to get a better view. He continued to scan the window for some explanation of his situation.
Then comes the real surprise. You would think at this point, barring injury of course, that the hawk’s curiosity had run its course and off he would go. But no! The hawk then flies back to the top of the wrought iron railing where he sits face to face with the window and for another two minutes or so continues to gyrate and glare into the window with intense curiosity.
Finally the hawk flies up into the nearest oak tree. But for a bit appears to contemplate the events of the last ten minutes or so glancing back down at the window before finally taking wing.
It was so interesting to watch the hawk and it was almost as if you could visualize his thought processes. It was perhaps so intriguing because I guess you would expect most birds to immediately fly off, if able of course, but the hawk actually seemed to be working on his own ‘crash analysis’ with regard to the incident.