[Tweeters] Western Tanagers and Window strikes

Joan Miller jemskink at gmail.com
Fri Aug 27 17:46:16 PDT 2021

Hi Tweets,

Imagine my sorrow when yesterday I found a dead bird on the side of my
house. Hit a window, no doubt. Today I realized it was a female Western
Tanager. I'm so sad. I wasn't certain what it was until this morning, when
I saw an identical bird perch on my deck railing! It sat alongside a
Black-headed Grosbeak, and there were lots of robins flying about, and
flickers and juncos all visiting my deck! Maybe it was the rain overnight.
Maybe they were joyous about it. I have never had robins on my deck either.

After I saw the tanager today, I realized what my dead bird was. It's in my
freezer, to go to the Burke eventually. In the meantime, I need to address
the three troublesome windows that have killed a few birds. I found bird
screens online and they seem like a good solution. You can see through them
and they don't block the light. I'll be ordering them and having them
installed. The windows are high and I can't reach them myself, so I can't
just hang some strips of fabric or anything.

It's nice to know there are tanagers around. It's one bird I rarely see.

Joan Miller
West Seattle
jemskink at gmail dot com
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