Bird Experts, Anyone?

I have a weird bird thing going on.
It's a house finch.
I think it's a male because his head is pretty bright red.

Everyday now, for four or five days, several times a day, he's coming over to my livingroom window.
This is not a super-clean picture window.
It's a double-hung window, slightly grubby, with a lace curtain hanging on the bottom half.

Stoopid bird seems to be obsessed with trying to perch on the middle of the window, but there isn't enough room for him there.
He tries to land on it, grabs it, and pecks at the glass.

He's not flying into it, thinking it's clear, which is the only thing like this I've ever seen.

He flies up, and bangs at the glass for two or three minutes, then goes away and comes back again.
I can't see anything that looks extra appealing inside.
It really isn't dark enough inside for there to be a mirror effect on the outside – so I don't think he is fighting with his reflection.
The cats are fascinated, of course, but luckily the window is closed.
And on the outside it is too high from the ground to put idjit bird in danger from them.

But I am baffled.

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21 responses to this post.

  1. Um, you clearly need to install some kind of little perch for him outside that window. Duh.

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  2. well, okay…He's back.It's like being in a very low-budget remake of The Birds.

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  3. I'm stumped. The only thing I can think is that he sees a reflection of either himself or a branch. I think it may be himself, because of the pecking. If it were just a branch thing, he wouldn't be pecking at it. So it must be his reflection.

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  4. The perch sounds fun. You'd think he'd see the cats and fly away.

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  5. I'm agreeing with jaypo. He sees his reflection but he thinks it's another male bird — and he's trying to scare him away because it's HIS territory, not the other guy's. He won't stop until he gets tired of it. (or knocks himself out) Birds is funny little things!ha! I can imagine it's driving your cats crazzzy!

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  6. (O_0)You say, there's a male, red-headed, bird, acting …a bit odd? A male, songbird, with a red head, who is maybe "not all there"?……Smell 'is breath for rum, and report back to me…..

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  7. Smell pyrit's bref for rum too while you're at it, lauowolf…&;oP

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  8. lauo took'd all teh rumz!And, lauo's bird, ain't no "finch"!

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  9. byrdz aftir dah rumz!Shudda known.

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  10. I wuz thinkin mebbe birdie is drunk — on fermenting fruits? it does happen. which would make him more likely to fight with his reflection.

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  11. Srsly, it's a Capt. Jack Sparrow. Fits the description perfickly.

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  12. lol lol! too funny. i'm baffled as well.

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  13. The second I hit the send button (of course), I remember reading or hearing from my sister, an animal born into a human body, that finches are very territorial. Some research online might yield further clues behind his behavior.

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  14. ack! that's … *yield insight into his behavior.* mercury retro's messin' with me today!

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  15. 's awwight, my head is full of mush today

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  16. How long have you lived there? Were you there at the same time last year? Birds do remember places and people, so if someone else lived there and had a feeder, the bird may think he should be getting better service.

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  17. We've been here twelve years, and never seen this before.A new tradition, perhaps.

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  18. He's just too shy to talk actually talk you, you should introduce yourself. xp

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  19. maybe I should get him a key

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  20. Call him 'Republican'. He likes making lots of noise and fighting imaginery enemies.

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  21. My questionably "expert" opinion is…this little dewd is a young male thinking that he sees another young male in your window and wants to fight him for territory. Males everywhere seem to do this! He may get bored after a time of no real reaction from the "other" finch….and go away. Good luck!

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