I tend to spend most of my day in my home office, making cat toys and doing paper work. and that was the case on early morning in the beginning of June, when the crazy bird entered my life.
The Crazy Bird
it was about 9am, and I was typing away on my computer. Suddenly there was a big commotion outside one of the windows. I turned to look, and there before my eyes was a blue bird chirping away, and flapping its wings almost in a hover. The bird landed on a small ledge of the window, and started pecking on the glass in a frantic panic. It became apparent that the bird wanted to come in.
I shooed the bird away, fearing it might get hurt, and he flew off. but he didn’t go far. The next thing I knew there was a weird sound coming from the front of the house. I got up to investigate, and found the crazy bird pecking on the glass above my front door. Once again, I flapped my arms and said “What do you want? Go away.” This continued for about 15 minutes. The bird went from front door, to office window, flapping it’s wings and pecking on the glass. Finally, the bird flew off, but once again, he didn’t go far.
This time, I heard the faint noise of the bird pecking at glass again, and located the bird at my neighbor’s house, pecking on the glass above their front door. My neighbor came out and told the bird to go away, just as I had done. And once again the bird came back to my house.
This continued for at least an hour, perhaps more, I don’t know since I had left for work. When I got home at 8:30pm, he was gone. And so, I thought, well that was interesting. Sure glad he’s gone, and it’s over.
Not So Fast
The next morning, I left for work and 5am, no bird, but when I returned at 4pm, I pulled into the driveway to see the bird once again at my front door, looking into the window. Was he looking for me. Upon spotting me, the bird flew to one of the eaves and watched me pull into the garage. I got out of the car, walked to the front of the house and said to the bird, “Okay, what do you want?” No, I didn’t expect the bird to answer, I’m not the crazy one, the bird is. He flew off, back to my neighbor’s house, and I didn’t see him for the rest of the day.
It didn’t end there. The next morning at 8am, the bird was back again, pecking on the glass above the front door. I went to the door, put my hands up, and the bird just watched me. I decided to open the door, cautiously since I didn’t want the bird to get in. He flew to the eave again, and watched me as I walked out. he didn’t seem afraid of me in any way, and seemed satisfied in just watching me as I spoke to him. When I went back into the house, the bird flew away.
This prompted me to investigate the bird. I went on-line, and determined that the bird in questions was an Eastern Bluebird. All the research I did could not explain the strange behavior of this bird. He seemed to only go to my house and my neighbors, no other houses in the neighborhood. Could it be because we are the only homes around with bird feeders, bird baths and bird houses. Yes, we are both bird friendly homes.
Sweetie the Cat is No Help
My bird feeder is right outside my office window. That would be the same window the bird pecked at on the first day. I enjoy watching the birds as they come by to feast on the seeds. Sweetie the Cat also enjoys it, and sits on the window sill watching them. I would have expected her to scare the bird away when he pecked on the window, but no such luck. I did have to remind Sweetie that she’s a cat and needs to chase the bird away, but of course she had no idea what I was saying. So she was no help to me that first day.