Saturday, 11 May 2013

A Goldfinch flies into my window............................ a bit stunned but survives

I was sat watching the television last night when I heard a bang on the window.
My bird feeders are close to the house and a Goldfinch had flown straight into my patio window.

After flying into a rose bush and getting caught up in the thorns...
 ...it freed itself then landed on the ground just a few feet from the window it had crashed into.

Obviously stunned and in shock it lay still for over 20 minutes... eyes shut tight as it rested.

Eventually it started to recover... becoming aware of it's surroundings.
I was lying on the floor to captured these images... it's the closest I've been to a Goldfinch.

 I was so pleased to see it fly off just a few minutes later... hopefully non the worse for it's mishap.


38 comments:

Sandra said...

i am happy to read this little beauty was ok..

holdingmoments said...

Nice shots Andrew.
Hopefully he's OK now, and steering clear of windows.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

wow, all those colors. amazing!! so great! ( :

eileeninmd said...

Pretty Goldfinch and beautiful photos. I am so happy it was OK.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Super shot!

TexWisGirl said...

glad it recovered! such gorgeous feather color!

Icy BC said...

So gorgeous with beautiful colors! So glad it's recovered and you had a chance to capture it!

Bruce Clark said...

The up side is you got some good shots!

Rosemary said...

Goldfinches are such beautiful birds.
I often have birds flying in to my windows too, but find that if I leave them they usually recover as yours did - sadly sometimes they do not.

The Herald said...

Great images Andrew, I'm glad it finally made a good recovery...[;o)

Chris Rohrer said...

I'm glad everything worked out. I have that happen every now and again. Most of them are just Stunned thankfully. Glad your little buddy fluff okay.

jabblog said...

It's always a relief when they recover and fly away. It's usually starlings that fly into our patio doors.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful finch. I'm glad he made it.

Gary said...

Too bad about the window hit,but great shots!! Boomm & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canasa

Findlay Wilde said...

I'm glad it was okay. From Findlay

HansHB said...

This is a great serie of photos, well done!

Amy Burzese said...

Wonderful shots. I hate that they are at the expense of the poor little thing. I hope he recovered nicely.

Karen said...

Great shots, but poor little guy. You know you can get window decals so the birds won't crash into the windows. http://www.windowalert.com/windowalert.html?gclid=CJvNu67wjrcCFfE7MgodtEMA5A

A Creative Harbor said...

Wow! Great shots of the Finch ~ glad its okay ~ ^_^

Gemma Wiseman said...

Poor little character! And still it manages to look so beautiful!

Genie Robinson said...

So happy he survived and was able to get back into the air. You captures are fabulous. Wonderful detailed close ups. Beautiful colors. genie

Brian King said...

That's one lucky bird! Many of them die doing that. You got some great shots, though.

Anni said...

Beautiful bird! Glad to know it came out of its stunned state. We had a few fly into windows also, and through the Audubon Society I ordered several 'clear' decals [they're kinda opaque] of different birds and stuck them to our glass doors and windows. YOU can see through them without much notice through the human vision. But the birds can see them as they fly --- hence when they see this decal, they won't fly into the glass. And, very very inexpensive.

Bob Bushell said...

That was a close call, fancy there was a cat around, horrible. Poor Goldfinch. Really superb photos.

Lynne said...

Awww, glad the little guy is alright. When birds fly into our windows and stun themselves I put on gloves and go out and pick them up and hold them gently between my two gloved hands. They need their body temperature to rise again. I can't tell you how many birds I have saved this way. Even a tiny hummingbird! It's so gratifying to see them take wing again.

Our goldfinches here in the States look very different from yours.

bailey-road.com said...

Great close up shots! I'm glad the little guy recovered.

Kirk Dale said...

What wonderful photographs.
What really struck me was the brilliant red feathers.

We had two young green finches fly into our window all at once, once. They then spent a couple of days on our balcony recovering. We put out water for them and some seed and I was just wondering what I should do next when off they flew!

SweetPotatoMayas said...

Oh my. What an ordeal for the unsuspecting little visitor. Glad it recovered :) And really neat captures!!

Pantherka said...

Beautiful photos Andrew.
Mainly that everything went well.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Great outcome and a great photo = greatness!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Awww... I'm so glad it recovered (and so glad you documented the recovery..much more interesting than TV I'm sure, but still I wish birds would evolve to understand windows!

Frank said...

Nice shooting from the 'prone' position Andrew. Golfinches have been regular visitors to our feeders this year but never THAT close!

Nigel Monckton said...

Nice story and nice shots. Goldfinches always seem too colourful to be a British bird.

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the putter.
Good thing she has survived.
Regards, Irma

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Awe how fortunate for the Goldfinch. Most of ours survive, but at the end of my post on currently, a Yellow-Shafted Flicker was not so fortunate~

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh poor wee bird..thank goodness it recovered..it was really having a bad day hey :) such a very pretty bird.

Arija said...

Unfortunate occurrence for the gold-finch but what an opportunity to get these magical shots. Glad it survives.

Neil said...

Beautiful looking bird.