Silhouettes of birds of prey on windows often reduce bird/window collisions.
Place feeders close to or on windows to reduce bird/window collisions.
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As spring continues and bird activity is peaking, you’ve probably noticed birds colliding with your windows, especially if you live in a wooded area.
This is a common but huge problem that takes the lives of millions of birds annually.
What can you do to keep birds from your windows?
And what should you do if you see a bird collide with your window?
Our birding expert, George Harrison (the birder, not the Beatle!) offers some tips below…..
How To Keep Birds From Hitting Windows
Window collisions occur when a flying bird sees the refection of the yard or sky in the glass and flies into it. Anything that will reduce or eliminate these reflections in the glass will reduce bird collisions.
Some people hang shiny streamers or fine screening on the windows during peak migration periods. Others cloud the glass with soap. If the house is under construction, the windows can be installed tilting downward slightly to reduce reflections.
Other people paste silhouettes of hawks, owls, or spider webs on the windows, which is effective only around the area where the silhouette is located. Locating feeders on or near the windows will reduce the speed at which birds hit the glass.
What To Do If A Bird Hits Your Window
George states, “It has been my experience that only one out of ten collisions is fatal.” He adds that usually the bird is stunned, falls to the ground, and begins a period of recovery that may take up to an hour.
During that recovery period, the bird is vulnerable to hawks, house cats, or weather conditions. Some hawks have learned a hunting strategy of swooping down on active bird feeders, causing the birds to panic in all directions, including into windows, where they become easy prey.
To protect a stunned bird that has hit a window, George suggests covering it with a large kitchen sieve. The bird is less visible and is confined, allowing it time to recover. When the bird attempts to leave the sieve, it has recovered enough to be liberated.
Have you experienced birds colliding with your windows? What sort of tricks have you used?