Not your Every Day Car Accessory . . Saturday Photo

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

As I was driving into a lawyer's office this week for a closing I noticed a couple of the cars had some accessories that would not be considered 'Factory Originals'. I found out that the bags were on the cars to protect the mirrors from the birds.

This precipitated a 'Google' to get additional information.

Birds attack shiny surfaces because they see their own reflections. In the case of a window, the bird does not see through the glass: it sees a reflection of the outside, possibly trees and the sky, and another bird of its own species. The real bird does not recognize itself and mistakes the reflected bird for a competitor for territory or mates. It attacks the image in the window, trying to drive the other bird away.

Of course, this is a fruitless exercise. The bird reflection will always be there, forever inaccessible behind an invisible barrier. The real bird often returns many times, compulsively launching itself at the window. If it is very aggressive, it could damage its beak, but most often it just wastes energy and time.

It's mating season and the males are looking to keep away the competition.

The girls in the office got tired of coming out and seeing the windows covered with droppings and the side view mirrors on their cars chipped with 'beak marks'

At least with the baggies they need only spend a couple of minutes covering and uncovering the mirrors when they arrive and leave.

This particular lawyers' office is located near water company property so there is an abundance of wildlife, and obviously some jealous suitors.






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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I wouldn't have thought of that.  We have a robin who charges one of our garden room windows for hours on end.  Very annoying.  I will just put up a sheet of paper, and maybe he will get the hint. 

Mar 12, 2010 11:35 PM #1
Sara Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044 - Ocala, FL
Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+

There are so many windows in my house that get bombarded with birds, we've come to recognize the persistent collision sounds, and no I'm not covering my windows with plastic ...not on my house and not on my car but it is a practical solution nevertheless!  Thanks for the interesting post.

Mar 12, 2010 11:40 PM #2
Richard Strahm
RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

When I first saw the pictures, I thought it was some kind of weird air bag to protect pedestrians!

Mar 12, 2010 11:41 PM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

one of my homes had a full bank of windows and I often heard and saw birds dive into broke it's beak but did eventually fly away.....not a pretty sight.

Mar 12, 2010 11:43 PM #4
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Now this is an interesting post! I've never seen or heard that but can understand it. We do have a lot of birds here but it's very rare to see or hear a bird crash into the windows.

Mar 12, 2010 11:43 PM #5
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

I wonder what they were thinking in Hitchcock's The Birds. People could have put on white plastic and been safe.

Mar 12, 2010 11:48 PM #6
Corey Chase
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID

Good thinking on their part

Mar 12, 2010 11:55 PM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Love it.  Pretty ingenious thinking.  I'm surprised that they actually figured this out in a lawyer's office!  :-)

Mar 12, 2010 11:59 PM #8
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


This is the first time I have heard about something like this.  I agree with others that this is good thinking on their part to cover the mirrors.

Mar 13, 2010 12:26 AM #9
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Ed that's funny.  How do they say it... "Only In America".  Wait a minute, maybe there is some money to be made.  What could we call them "Mirror Muffs" or "DoDo Eliminators" or how about "Frisky Bird Stoppers".

Let us know what you think, we remember you saying once you have a lot of empty commercial space available... where could we take this.

Mar 13, 2010 12:43 AM #10
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

To All: Thanks for the taking the time to post a comment to this little post. This is probably another way of telling us that sometimes we push nature a bit to far.

Gabe, it was the secretary and the paralegal that came up with this. Everybody knows that do all the work anyway. Did I say that right Amy?

Al & Peggy:  Don't say only in America unless you put a North in front of it, unless of course there are no windows or mirrors in Canada, eh?  Actually 'Birds-be-Gone' has a nice ring to it


Mar 13, 2010 02:24 AM #11
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Interesting....I've seen a couple of agents I'd like to put bags on....but I guess that's not really the point of the post.

Mar 13, 2010 02:58 AM #12
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Ed...I have never seen this or even heard of it before.  Seems like a pretty ingenius was to protect your mirrors from the birds!  With the pictures and no explanation, I would never have guessed the purpose.

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Mar 13, 2010 03:00 AM #13
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Ed, That is a great prevention device if I've ever seen one. I learned long ago, not to park under trees in heavily populated bird areas. It can get pretty nasty!

Mar 13, 2010 03:10 AM #14
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Ed, this is a constant problem at my office, just about this time of year. We have not been clever enough to think of this though, usually someone just runs outside and screams, waving their arms.

I'm with Al & Peggy, this sounds like a great cottage industry business to me. I have a slew of those plastic bags, LOL. We could just spraypaint a circle with a line through it and sell em for a hefty profit!

Mar 13, 2010 03:33 AM #15
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Karen, that's a different venture, we'll call it 'Hide-a-Nudge'

Carra, that was my thought when I walked into the office, 'What's with the bags?'

Karen, especially when the berries are ripening. Which reminds me of a poem I once heard

"Birdie, Birdie in the sky, why'd you do that to my eye? Gosh I'm glad that cows can't fly!

Andrea, what's with the 'we?

Mar 13, 2010 03:46 AM #16
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I had a similar experience last November.  All day long.


Mar 13, 2010 07:59 AM #17
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Just when I thought I wasn't going to learn anything new today!

Oh the things you learn about here in the Rain!

Mar 13, 2010 08:56 AM #18
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed this is another good reason why bald men need to wear a hat when the are out in sun ........ LOL

Mar 13, 2010 11:11 AM #19
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