In Which I See A New Bird And Learn A New Expression

I rolled back the hall door to go to the woodpile.

For some reason, I looked down and to the left.

There was a bird on the deck.

Seemingly oblivious to my noise and motion.

It was a bird I’d not seen before, certainly never from such a near distance.

I took out my phone and took a picture and it didn’t move.

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I squatted down and took some more pictures.

It didn’t move.

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I called Christine to come look.

She came and looked.

And it didn’t move.

We wondered, had it flown into a window, or the door, and gotten stunned?

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What a beautiful creature, with its chunky body, stubby tail, olive green body coloring, ochre head band limned by black stripes, speckled breast, and pink feet.

This being the Age of the Intertubes, I immediately posted a picture of the bird on the local facebook bird page, and in a few minutes had an ID.

“Ovenbird”, wrote a knowledgeable birder friend, “A species of warbler.”

The online exchange continued. I asked if he thought it had been stunned somehow?

Came the reply, with a new expression to me.

“Yeah.”, he wrote, “Probably a window-smack…”

Window smack.

So apt.




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