The ghost of Alfred Hitchcock must’ve been passing through the morning of Dec. 6. The noise of this many birds swirling from tree to tree is hard to describe, and while it wasn’t deafening, it was somewhat unnerving. The birdstorm came and went in just a few minutes.

Thousands of birds in branches.
RISING — Almost as one, this raucous flock of thousands of birds lit in a row of trees, then lifted away.
Sky filled with birds.
SWEEPING THROUGH — Thousands of birds swirled around the house before heading west.

Angry bird(s)

Tiger moms. Grizzly moms. We’ve probably all seen that  harder side of mom. It usually happens after she’s used the eyes in the back of her head to see right through your well-laid-out plan to cover your tracks. Then that sound reaches your childish ears. She’s using that voice. And all of your names. You’re in “wait-til-your-father-gets-home” trouble.

Humans aren’t the only ones with angry moms. Over the last few weeks, we’ve begun to feel as if we were in the Hitchcock movie “The Birds.” Nearly every window in the house has been under assault from an angry female cardinal bent on defending her territory. The windows are covered with wing marks and the sills are covered with another bird byproduct.

And it’s not just the cardinal, indigo buntings have also joined the fray, all apparently in Fury mode when mistaking their reflection for another of their kind.

We figure when baby bird season is over, we can clean the windows.

TALONS OUT — Mama cardinal has beak and claws out for the reflection in the front door.
IN ACTION — Stills taken from a low-res video of the cardinal in full attack mode. At the time these were taken, she made repeated attacks on the window for nearly 20 minutes. We’ve tried turning the internal lights on to dim the reflection; tried chasing her off, but nothing deters this bird. 

Happy Mothers Day!