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walkeja
Posted 10/08/2023 - 11:05 Link
Seen on my bedroom window.

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The bird lived, a pigeon(?), buut left its calling mark.
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bforbes
Posted 10/08/2023 - 12:03 Link
I've had the same thing on my windscreen before. It's like talcum powder, but does anyone know what it actually is?
LennyBloke
Posted 10/08/2023 - 14:01 Link
Bird Dandruff ?

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Lubbyman
Posted 10/08/2023 - 14:14 Link
LennyBloke wrote:
Bird Dandruff ?


Close but no cigar .

I've had a few of these on house windows over the years - always pigeons. Apparently, the mark is a powder produced by the breakdown of 'powder down' feathers. Most birds have a gland that produces preen oil, which is spread by preening and keeps feathers in good condition. Some birds, including pigeons, don't have that gland but do have the powder which has much the same beneficial effects. Which explains why I've never seen the ghostly outline of a sparrow on a window in spite of numerous strikes when a new generation hasn't yet learned that trying to fly into a room just results in a headache.

Steve
bforbes
Posted 10/08/2023 - 15:08 Link
Lubbyman wrote:
LennyBloke wrote:
Bird Dandruff ?


Close but no cigar .

I've had a few of these on house windows over the years - always pigeons. Apparently, the mark is a powder produced by the breakdown of 'powder down' feathers. Most birds have a gland that produces preen oil, which is spread by preening and keeps feathers in good condition. Some birds, including pigeons, don't have that gland but do have the powder which has much the same beneficial effects. Which explains why I've never seen the ghostly outline of a sparrow on a window in spite of numerous strikes when a new generation hasn't yet learned that trying to fly into a room just results in a headache.

Steve

Well I never
Benz3ne
Posted 10/08/2023 - 15:14 Link
walkeja wrote:
Seen on my bedroom window.

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The bird lived, a pigeon(?), buut left its calling mark.

Great shot - in my parents' old house, I have a vivid memory of waking up to see the perfect outline of an owl imprinted on the kitchen window. Not sure I'll ever forget that, you could see so many of the groups of feathers and the face shape was beautiful.
Lubbyman
Posted 10/08/2023 - 16:02 Link
Amazing to think that they are all descended from dinosaurs. I wonder what it would look like if a T. Rex collided with a window...

Steve
bforbes
Posted 10/08/2023 - 16:04 Link
Lubbyman wrote:
Amazing to think that they are all descended from dinosaurs. I wonder what it would look like if a T. Rex collided with a window...

Steve

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Spad
Posted 10/08/2023 - 22:57 Link
I feel for that pigeon....

On one occasion I head butted my car window, going to talk my fried. I forgot I had closed it!!
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Posted 10/08/2023 - 23:09 Link
Occasionally we have had Collared Doves hit windows producing the same effect, usually they have survived the impact.

Earlier this week a young Collared Dove hit our patio doors head on and broke its neck, initialled we thought it was just stunned alas the poor thing died as my wife's held it in her hands.
walkeja
Posted 11/08/2023 - 15:05 Link
And it always happens after the windows have been cleaned.😒
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Lubbyman
Posted 11/08/2023 - 15:56 Link
walkeja wrote:
And it always happens after the windows have been cleaned.😒

Of course. If the window is dirty they can see it and turn away. That ghostly pigeon is a tribute to the former cleanliness of your window!

Steve
davidwozhere
Posted 11/08/2023 - 22:27 Link
Reminds me of the terrible joke:

What is the last thing that goes through a fly's mind when it collides with your windscreen?

Its backside.
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bforbes
Posted 11/08/2023 - 22:34 Link
davidwozhere wrote:
Reminds me of the terrible joke

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Posted 11/08/2023 - 22:50 Link
davidwozhere wrote:
Reminds me of the terrible joke:

What is the last thing that goes through a fly's mind when it collides with your windscreen?

Its backside.

Bad! (But also very funny.)
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