Bye, Bye, Birdie:{A Birdie Funeral}

It was a sad, sad, day at our house yesterday.


A lone pigeon flew into our slider and killed himself.


It wasn’t a quick and painless death.

The poor thing suffered, and while he did my kids watched him hoping he’d get better.

In the end, the kids thought a birdie funeral was in order.

Words were recited, a coffin made from an oatmeal box, an epitaph was written and erected, and a hole for his remains dug.

Here lies the newly named and passed birdie:

Poor little thing.

Let’s see how long it is before he’s dug back up.

I give it a few days.


I’m playing along with Cecily {Photo Story Friday} and Lolli {Give me your best shot} today.

Wondering what the epitaph says?

Fat Pidge “FP”
Born in California
Died in California
Died of crashed window.
Born:  unknown    Died:  3/16/10
About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


  1. The “belch” was a nice touch. 🙂

    I’ll never understand birds flying in to things — I mean, they’ve got the whole sky…

  2. all how sad and hilarious all at the same time!

  3. Oh, no!!!! Poor kids . .. em, I mean bird.

  4. ooohhh, yourr kid’s are imaginative. I don’t mean to laugh but I can’t help it. That is funny!

  5. LOL. That’s some seriously fast flying for it to be fatal.

  6. I love your story.
    Fat Pidge. Amen.
    God Rest his (her?) soul.

  7. oh goodness that is so sad and so sweet. i love the tombstone- so well done.

  8. What a nice memorial for birdie! 🙂

  9. Awww how sad…we had one fly into our window at work, and it was a carrier pigeon and one of my co-workers raises them and actually knew how to find the owner!

  10. RIP Fat Pidge. Hope you’re soaring in sunnier skies now.

  11. Poor little guy. Shouldn’t have put off that visit to the eye doctor so long…

    You’re a good mama for not freaking out and letting the kids bury it in the yard. I’d have been screaming for my husband “to take it away – I don’t care where, just away, out of HERE!”

  12. Let’s hope this is your only “bird funeral” tag…the flowers are a nice touch though!

  13. Okay, who wrote the epitath? Because that is so damn cute. Poor Fat Pigeon.

    Justine 😮 )

  14. Excuse my horrendous spelling of epitaph in my last comment. Sheesh!

  15. poor pigeon, sweet children…

  16. “dug back up” – ew! Here’s hoping that the bird really DOES rest in peace.

    And how pathetic is it that before reading this I had never even heard the word epitaph? That was sure sweet of your kids to give the bird a proper headstone. 🙂

  17. I WISH the bird that continues to fly into my window would die. Sorry. But I DO. She is driving me CRAZY!!!!!! So, don’t mind if I’m just a little bit jealous.

  18. What a sweet teachable moment!

  19. See what happen when you keep clean windows! That’s why mine are so dirty! Have a wonderful sunny weekend.

  20. Sad and yet kind of funny sorry that I found humor in your story. But I think that is what you were going for right??

  21. Poor F.P. 🙁

    I hope he remains buried. He his sake, and yours. Ick.

  22. Poor, sad FP…we barely knew you.

    Birds totally freak me out. You’re a nice mommy for even letting them bury FP in your garden. It would give me bad dreams.
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  23. You should have named this post “Bye Bye Birdie”. LOL 😛 O.K., maybe that’s a bit inappropriate.

    So sorry for your loss. 😉 I do think it’s so sweet that your children prepared a funeral and a resting place for the little thing.
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  24. I hate suicidal birds!~ We had this happen when we lived in the Vegas area, we had a big window and I guess the sky reflects just right so that it looks like it continues and they don’t realize what they are doing. poor birdie 🙁
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  25. Awwww. Poor Fat Pidge! Birds used to fly into our windows all the time when we lived in Colorado. We even had a couple fly inside when door was open. Now thats fun trying to catch em. One time it wa a hummingbird, we rushed to shut off the cieling fans and it took us about an hour, but we cuaght him. He was actually really soft and sweet and once we got him outside he chilled a few minutes in my hand before he flew off!
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  26. Very moving.
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  27. Awh, the poor bird! And the poor kids!

    We have had several “bird strikes” into our windows, but they must not have been that bad because there has never been a bird sighting!

  28. Oh gosh, I don’t think I could have handled seeing it suffer. But that sure is a sweet burial for FP!
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  29. yeah, my in-laws live on a farm in a house with LOTS of picture windows…that is a common occurrence there. Love the whole head stone and all!
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  30. Poor bird. He will be happy with what you guys did for him. Have a great weekend.
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  31. Poor bird. That is so awesome though that your kids cared enough to do all that, there are a lot who wouldn’t. Last summer my cat found a nest of bunnies – know where this is going? I got presents for days. The last day I saw the cat out back with a bunny still alive. I raced out and made the cat come inside as to not torture the poor little thing. While I was getting a bowl to put bunny in it jumped to its death b/c we have a 2nd story deck. But wait, it wasn’t dead just horribly broken. My husband who didn’t have the heart to kill it brought it into the garage and made it a bed. Hard & cold the next day. The girls still ask about that bunny. Bet you never expected this story as a comment lol 🙂
    Have a great weekend!
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  32. So charming but also so sad. Your kids seem so sweet and sensitive to give the birdie a funeral.
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  33. How sad!!! I love that you guys buried the poor guy
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  34. This is too sweet.
    We had more than our share of birdie ceremonies in my child. 🙁
    Never clean your windows. Everytime I do… this happens.

  35. I swing by to see if you really changed the title of this post. LOL That’s great! Well, the title is great, not the situation obviously. hee hee 😉
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  36. Is it wrong that I find the epitaph both amusing and sad?
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  37. You must have a very clean sliding glass door at least? 🙂 Our dog jumps and gets her muddy paws all over ours, so a bird would never mistake ours, which is good….and bad? Hmph. Deep question lol!

  38. aww how sad was that!!!
    I remember as a little girl having a pet funeral. My siblings made me wear black clothing and a black hat, It was weird, jejejeje…☺
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  39. Your kiddies are very thoughtful 🙂 And I really hope no one dug it back up for you.
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  40. Oh my word Angie! This is the sweetest thing EVER! I love your kids. I think I need to move to California to meet the little darlings : )
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  41. Angie- you crack me up. I totally had a visual of the girls mom on Bachelor giving their respects to the bird that hit her windshield. I remember doing that with a grasshopper that Sugar attacked.
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  42. Ha ha, so cute and so funny at the same time. Did I mention sad, that needs to be in there too. 🙂
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  43. I love this! “Died of crashed window.” What a neat thing for your kids to do.
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