Hey all, I’m seeing an awful lot of very cute pictures of songbirds sitting on the ground, often on pavement. These lovely guys are amazingly approachable, but it’s often for reasons unrelated to them having a super-chill day. So, here’s the story:
Have you ever walked into a perfectly cleaned, nearly invisible glass door or window? Embarrassing, no? Now, try doing it at full speed, in the dark, immediately after taking a long (and self-powered!) flight from Cuba, with a brain that is too full of complex flight data to handle the concept of windows. Ouch.
This is what befalls many of our migratory songbirds who pass through built-up areas. After blundering into a window, you too would likely be sprawled on the pavement below, wearing the same bewildered expression as someone who just ate a whole box of marshmallow peeps or watched all ten seasons of Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
Luckily, you can help! FLAP.org is a good place to start, with practical advice for office workers and homeowners. Many cities have their own programs for addressing this problem, too, and gaggles of heroic people who rescue these birds.
Ok, off of my flappy soapbox. Back to comics soon!