Bird Window Strikes and Collisions | Clear Dangers

June 2, 2010

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Windows, are “clear” and present dangers — particularly large picture windows and patio doors which can pose an unintentional deadly threat to songbirds. Window strikes (as they are commonly called) happen when a bird flies directly into the pane of glass in your window. These accidents often cause injuries and sometimes death. Here are a few successful solutions you should try to help reduce bird strikes around your home. After you read these tried-and-true tips, please be sure to share this information with your neighbors, friends and family. There are many ways you can help to prevent your birds from flying into windows around your home. One of the simplest solutions, believe it or not, is to leave your windows dirty! Birds fly into windows because they see a reflection and think the reflection is an actual object such as a tree or birdfeeder. By leaving your windows dirty, you reduce reflections–and you have a great excuse for not cleaning your windows! It is also helpful to position bird feeders, houses and baths so that they are not reflected in large windows. We realize many of you simply can not stomach the thought of having dirty windows so read on…

Another easy fix is to place a screen over the window. Although there may still be a reflection on the glass, it is not as easy to see the reflection through the screen, and therefore it is not as tempting.  Deer X Protective Netting can also be stretched across your windows for a similar effect.

We offer many convenient, inexpensive window decals in a variety of shapes including leaves, butterflies, hummingbirds and predatory birds. By applying these transparent clings to your window, your are protecting birds from deadly collisions. The shape of a predatory bird might be intimidating to song birds. However, most people agree it’s not the shape of the decals that keeps the birds away rather they break up the reflection which prevents window strikes. Note, that window decals work best when you apply a decal (or a group of decals) on every three square feet of glass.

If transparent decals aren’t your thing, take a look at the Warning Web. This natural looking web mimics sticky spider webs which birds instinctively avoid. This realistic static cling decal makes glass visible to birds—and helps break up window reflections. Use two or more Warning Webs on large windows. If your taste leans toward the quirky and unusual you might want to take a look at the FeatherGuard–an interesting combination of bright colors, loose feathers and motion. Birds have an inherent aversion to loose feathers—a danger signal that another bird has been killed by a predator. Each FeatherGuard string installs in seconds with two suction cups and works on any window. Be sure to hang it with plenty of slack so the feathers can move easily with even a slight breeze. One guard will protect 3 ft. of glass area.

Songbird Mirrored Window Feeder IIIAnother suggestion we give to our customers concerns the placement of feeders. If birds are crashing into your windows after visiting your feeders you should either move your feeders further away from your house and/or set up window feeders. Window feeders break up reflections and birds safely land to eat, and then fly away in the opposite direction of the window. Window feeders have grown in popularity over the years because they offer a rare opportunity to enjoy colorful bird activity up close. Today backyard birding enthusiasts have a multitude of choices when purchasing a window style feeder including a wide variety of prices, styles and sizes. Our window feeders range in price from $8.95-$69.95.

Lastly, scarecrows work for cornfields, so why not for your windows? B-Gone Flash Tape is an iridescent red foil tape that will create a visual distraction zone that confuses birds and keeps them away.  Another simple solution is translucent Bird Tape which is effective and long lasting.

We have provided you with several options for dealing with this important topic of window strikes. We encourage you to spread the word and share this blog with everyone you know who appreciates the beauty of our songbirds!

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