I heard it; I felt it; it caused me to coming a’running into the dining room. The little nuthatch had smacked into the sliding glass door of the our Treehouse apartment. The sound was loud enough to have called me from the bedroom – so we knew it had been a hard hit. The little bird was lying on it’s side, not moving.
A quick Google search for what to do cautioned us “not to do anything for at least 10 minutes unless a cat might be a safety concern”. So we did nothing – but we did watch. Slowly the little bird moved his head. He continued to rest a while, slowly starting to move his wings after about 6 minutes, and eventually taking off successfully for the trees beyond our balcony.
The bird reflector decals for the glass doors remained in their envelope where they have been since early last week. Had we installed them, they would have helped the little bird realize that it was just a reflection of the trees he was seeing in the door – not trees themselves. We had the materials and we had not done enough to deter the little nuthatch from a known danger. We knew it was a danger because several have hit the window in the last year, and we did order the decals: we just did not deploy them.
I immediately washed up the windows, and Rick put up the decals – both of us aware that we had not done enough. They are deployed now. The little nuthatch will hopefully be ok.
We obviously didn’t do enough. What is enough is not a comprehensive question. When is enough might be required as well. In the case of the nuthatch, where is enough might also be a factor.
Enough is not as simple a concept as one might think.