Dramatic Window Strikes

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 2 Nov 2012

Yesterday afternoon my parents had a dramatic double window strike at their home in Ferrisburgh- a northern shrike chased a nuthatch right into the window! The nuthatch didn’t make it, but the shrike recovered and eventually made its way back into the trees.

The incident reminded me of the most dramatic window strike I can remember.  While working at Preservation Maryland in the Old St. Paul’s Rectory in downtown Baltimore, I heard a big rattling thump immediately followed by a little shriek and one of my coworkers running down the hallway.  As it turned out, an immature Cooper’s hawk had struck the window right next to her desk at high speed.

Even though we were on the second floor, there’s a second-story porch just off her office.  I went out to take a look- the bird was alive but stunned.  We left it alone for half an hour or so before it stood up, then for another half an hour before it finally flew up into a big holly across the yard.  It was still sitting there when I headed home for the night and was gone in the morning.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk, Canon 50mm f/1.8 at f/2.5, ISO 100

Thankfully I had my camera with me (albeit with my portrait lens).  I wish I had the RAW file so I could more easily clean up some of that overexposure on the breast and possibly adjust the white balance, but it’s still a handsome critter!

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One Response

  1. Here’s a post from Otter Creek Audubon about the shrike at my folks’ house:

    http://ottercreek.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/northern-shrike-window-strike/

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