That’s it. It was a really, really depressing experience, actually. I haven’t knowingly hit any type of animal with a car in about 10 years, and it’s still bothering me.
What was so strange about the incident is that it was almost as if the poor bird was commiting suicide. It’s not uncommon to see a pidgeon or other bird wander out in the street to retrieve food and fly away from an oncoming car at the last second. But this bird hopped off the sidewalk and continued to walk toward my car as if it didn’t know I existed. I didn’t even have a thought of swerving because I assumed it would try to avoid me, but no such luck.
Anyway, I just had to share because it was such a sad thing to me, particularly seeing the aftermath in my rear-view mirror.