We also took off the screens so we could see clearly.
It's great, we love it, but sometimes, the birds try to fly right into the house!
The other day I heard not one, but TWO "THUMPS" while I was in the kitchen.
I ran to the window to check, and sure enough, there were two male cardinals lying on the ground under the window.
I went out to check on them (my neighbor has two bird-eating cats) and found them very stunned.
I picked them up at took them to the driveway and called Wildlife Rescue.
Of course, it was just after 5 pm on a Friday, but someone did answer the phone. She asked if they could fly, and at that time, they were both not able to.
She suggested I put them in a box or a bin with a cover with air holes and bring them in the following morning in case they had broken wings.
I prepared two bins with window screens for the tops. Lined the bottom with newspaper and put birdseed and a little water bowl inside. As I lifted one Mr. Cardinal to place him inside, he fluttered and flew off!
Good result for him. Mr. Cardinal #2, not ready yet. He went into the box without any fuss. Poor guy.
Then I thought - DUH. I have to take pictures of these guys! So I went to get the camera, and when I lifted the screen off the box, Mr. Cardinal #2 flew off.
Guess they just needed to catch their breath. Sometimes these incidents don't have such good endings, but I was so glad this one did.
[And I told them to quit chasing each other around the window!]