28 May 2010 – bonus juvenile cardinal

Nothing at the NRC today, but there was a juvenile Northern Cardinal that met its end at a window of the Food and Agricultural Products Center a mere stone’s throw from where I’m sitting right now in Ag Hall.

One of the primary messages I try to communicate with the window collision issue is that our common, abundant, year-round residents are rarely among the dead beneath our windows. It is the long-distance migrants that make up the lion’s share of casualties. Today’s baby cardinal and the 2 or 3 juvenile Mourning Doves I’ve found this spring illustrate that our residents do occasionally fall victim to windows as well. But it tends not to be the adults in their prime, but the weak, uncoordinated, and inexperienced youngsters who fall victim.