Hmm. Records and statistics were kept chronicling the millions of people
who died from ingesting tree bark, yet at the same time in history they did
not know about acetylsalicylic acid? It smells of Snopes to me. But then,
with the liberal mentality of today, it is easily believable for one to
conclude that statistics were discovered far before herbal remedies.
Or can you just tape paper or cardboard to the window at turkey eye
level so there is no reflection.
Those illegal signs stuck with wires into the ground would be useful
for this. I keep a supply of htem.
I had a cardinal that would fly into the 2nd floor window 5 or 10
times, then go to the other side of hte house and do the same thing
there for a while. Many days, for several consecutive years. I just
realized that he hasn't done that this year. He's probabably in the
hospital with multiple concussions.
I don't think pecking from a turkey will break tempered sliding glass
doors panes. Tempered glass is easier broken at the side edge. It just
takes a scratch.
I have seen where golf balls have broken them. Somewhere I have some
pictures (cell phone quality) where an owl flew into a slider
(Andersen). When the bird hit the glass, it KNOCKED all the desert
dust off him. We could see the outline of it's feathers on the glass.
It all depends on the turkey. Some will grasp that it is not another turkey
in the window quicker than others, but some will not and just keep going at
it. Birds of the same species have very different reactions to reflections.
And it may have something to do with the time of year related to whether or
not it is mating season. During that time, their behavior changes
drastically, something like pubertyhood in humans.
If this bird makes a practice of this, try taping some newspaper or a towel
to the outside so he/she does not get a reflection. They might just go
away, or be replaced with another one.
The birds are huge, and I do believe they could come through on a bird
strike. We live in the country, and have had some pretty hard strikes by
some large birds, and were just waiting for the sound of breaking glass.
They do leave an amusing feather dust print on the windows. Sometimes it
On Sun, 28 Mar 2010 19:04:59 -0400, aemeijers wrote:
Interesting question! I found a small cone-shaped (about 1.4" wide on the
outside of the glass, 3/4" on the inside) chunk missing out of a large
picture window last year. I always figured I'd just caught a stone that
I'd missed before mowing - but you've got me wondering now.
We've seen woodpeckers in the flower bed immediately in front of that
window a few times, and the hole's at perfect "beak height" (although, of
course, it's also a good height for a stone kicked up by the mower :-)
On Mon, 29 Mar 2010 09:32:03 -0400, Jim Elbrecht wrote:
Typo! I was a fumble-fingers this morning, and my 1/4" came out as
It was definitely an outside strike, and most likely a rock thrown up by
the mower, but the thread's interesting as I'd not considered a bird/
reflection problem before (we found it in spring last year, presumably
when it's mating season and male birds are most territorial). Whether a
woodpecker could break glass, I don't know, but they must pack quite a
The "Hertzian cone" happens in a piece of glass when it is struck by a BB.
The small hole is the side the projectile came from, and the large hole is
on the other side. This principle is used in percussion flaking to create
arrowheads and other tools by indigenous peoples. As a former user of a Red
Ryder BB gun, I know all about what BBs can do to glass, and how you get a
nice cone out of a bottle base.
A piece of gravel would have to be very small, and traveling at a high speed
to do this, and may not have the mass. A larger piece would leave a round
hole, like a bullet hole, unless it was safety glass, then it would shatter.
Interesting to find out the real cause.
Just the other night on the news they had a story about a
turkey that flew through a second story office window.
It apparently wasn't badly hurt. Somebody caught it and
it was to be released in a wilderness area.
This was not a patio door, this was a single pane glass window.
They definitely got the mass to do some damage. I watched some go up into a
roosting tree of great height. They took off without much of a run, and
shot up into the trees with a lot more ease than I thought they would have.
I remember the WKRP in Cincinnati episode, "As God is my witness, I thought
turkeys could fly". This after they tossed some domesticated turkeys out of
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