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Fri May 8, 2020, 03:49 PM

Birds crashing into windows

Happens to us too much. Anyone have a good solution?

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Reply Birds crashing into windows (Original post)
brokephibroke May 2020 OP
elleng May 2020 #1
Mike 03 May 2020 #2
rickford66 May 2020 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot May 2020 #4
3catwoman3 May 2020 #5
SWBTATTReg May 2020 #6
liberalmuse May 2020 #7
Mike 03 May 2020 #8
brokephibroke May 2020 #10
Mike 03 May 2020 #12
mercuryblues May 2020 #9
brokephibroke May 2020 #11
3Hotdogs May 2020 #13
lordsummerisle May 2020 #14
riverbendviewgal May 2020 #15

Response to brokephibroke (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 03:50 PM

1. There are window stickers, some birder friends of mine use.

Not sure where available.

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Response to brokephibroke (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 03:52 PM

2. This happens here too. It's very depressing.

Most of the time a hawk is to blame, but every once in a while it's an accident. If it's really bad (sometimes due to the reflections of the sky in the windows during particular times of the year, like monsoon season) I place lawn furniture along the windows and lean brooms or other long-handled tools against the windows.

There's a birdwatcher store called Duncraft that might sell the stickers you can put on your windows.

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Response to brokephibroke (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 03:56 PM

3. Had one in my wood stove today

When I tried to catch it in a plastic bag, it flew to a window where I grabbed it with my stove gloves and took it outside. I have a passive solar house with lots of windows. Birds bounce off occasionally. I've only seen one killed. Not much you can do. Just try some way to make the windows less reflective.

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Response to brokephibroke (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 03:58 PM

5. We have stickers shaped like leaves...

...from a bird supply catalog. They are attractive and seem to help. Kind of a frosty translucent white, so unobtrusive.

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Response to brokephibroke (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 04:01 PM

6. Fake owl (a stick on) or plastic one. NT

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Response to brokephibroke (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 04:04 PM

7. I have silly mirrored owls and flowers stuck on my glass door out back.

So far, the birds have not had any accidents, though I leave my back door open for the dogs when I'm home so some have felt the need to come inside and visit. I've learned to be careful when I'm making date and honey treats from now on.

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Response to brokephibroke (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 04:05 PM

8. P.S. You might know this, but just in case...

A lot of the time the birds are just stunned and I've learned to give them plenty of time to pull themselves together. If a bird has crashed into a window and become stunned because of a hawk, I go outside and either stand guard or set up a little safety area and try to chase the hawk away. I'm adding this because once I had a bird that I thought for certain was deceased and went out to place it in a bag and it jumped up and flew away. I swear, to my eye it wasn't even breathing. But it was okay.

Larger birds like doves don't do as well, but oftentimes the smaller birds will recover and fly off.

EDIT: If it's a bird that the hawk is pursuing, it's likely to carry the bird off before you can even react. You can tell if it's a hawk if it's dead silent and there are no birds out in the yard after you hear the bang.

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Response to Mike 03 (Reply #8)

Fri May 8, 2020, 04:11 PM

10. It's mainly robins

Yesterday two were fatal hits.

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Response to brokephibroke (Reply #10)

Fri May 8, 2020, 04:18 PM

12. So sorry.

Robins are such a joy to watch. They are so beautiful. I'm really sorry.

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Response to brokephibroke (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 04:05 PM

9. stop washing them

Barring that, put on decals

https://www.amazon.com/Window-Decals/s?k=Window+Decals

If money is tight buy a cheap frosted or decorative shower curtain and hang it on the outside of the window. It can be cut up for multiple windows. i find the birds at my hose only do this during mating season.

https://www.amazon.com/CASACLAUSI-Curtain-Bathroom-Translucent-Eco-Friendly/dp/B07CH39JBY/ref=sr_1_14?crid=2ZK3OVH6SCY89&dchild=1&keywords=shower+curtain+liner+under+10+dollars&qid=1588971842&sprefix=shower+curtain+liner+under+10%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-14

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #9)

Fri May 8, 2020, 04:12 PM

11. Thx,

Ordering the decals.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #9)

Fri May 8, 2020, 04:37 PM

13. Mating season is also migration season.

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Response to brokephibroke (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 04:50 PM

14. Which would be a great band name n/t

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Response to brokephibroke (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 05:44 PM

15. My community inside pool has big windows.

This problem was solved by attaching actual size cutouts of birds, same kind on the windows. Just one bird per window. no more crashing.

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