People who Live in Glass Houses Should Try to Protect the Birds

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Window Decal to Protect BirdsPeople who Live in Glass Houses Should Try to Protect the Birds

One of the best things about the temporary rental that my family and I recently moved into after selling our home is the sun room which is mostly windows (seven pairs of sliding glass doors and windows up high).  It is so nice that my wife has her office out there so she can enjoy watching the birds and the occasional deer that passes by.  However, we did discover a disadvantage shortly after moving in--the birds kept flying into the windows.

Sometimes they are able to fly away immediately, sometimes the wait for a few minutes to get their bearings, but once we had a titmouse that did not make it.  For bird lovers, this is not acceptable.  We headed right out to the Fat Robin, our favorite bird supply store.  They had just the ticket--WindowAlert.  These window decals are attractive (we purchased the maple leaf decals) and are applied using static cling, so you can move them around if needed without leaving any sticky residue. Humans cannot see them as well as the birds can.

So far, they have been very effective until yesterday which was rainy, gloomy, and cloudy--maybe they don't work as well when you have lots of lights on inside when it is pouring rain outside.  During Hurricane Irene we didn't find that out as we had no electricity!

Here is a little Black and White Warbler that was momentarily stunned yesterday.

 Black and White Warbler

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Chris K. Canfield


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

2890 E. Skyline Drive, #250

Tucson, Arizona  85718



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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
Hi Chris - Thanks for posting this - we have a lot of big windows and are always getting a lot of bird strikes, so I will definitely be checking out window alert.
Sep 08, 2011 11:55 AM #1
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Chris ~ great idea! I found one poor little bird who crashed into our french doors, this sounds like a great idea to prevent another accident. I love my backyard birds!

Sep 08, 2011 01:55 PM #2
Chris Canfield
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona

Hi Dick - Glad to be of service to the birds of Colorado! 

Hi Diane - I actually took down my bird feeders while we searched for a solution.  I didn't want to do anything to draw them closer to the house.

Sep 08, 2011 02:00 PM #3
The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA

Hi Chris,

Thanks for this information.  We seem to have birds fly into our windows too and besides making me jump, it can really hurt a bird.  We have a cardinal die shortly after hitting our basketball rack once.  I will look for the decals for our sunroom.


Sep 08, 2011 02:43 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You make an excellent point, Chris!  I have a 12 foot sliding glass door on the back of my house.  Just yesterday a Morning Dove flew into it.  It seemed none the worse for wear and tear after a minute or two.  But, it certainly couldn't have been a comfortable experience for the bird.

Sep 08, 2011 03:47 PM #5
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

I have a huge window in the front room of my house...  Probably 20 feet high and even longer left to right...  Kinda lets in the heat and cold...  But I like it

Sep 08, 2011 03:59 PM #6
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Chris....My mom and dad have the same problem......I've watched fly into the glass a hundred times.
Hope you have a great weekend!---Rob

Go Vols!

Sep 09, 2011 12:09 AM #7
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Chris.

Many times when it rains they find shelter inside my screened porch...

Sep 09, 2011 12:54 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good post, Chris.  Evidently, millions of birds die each year as they crash into windows.  Retail merchants with large display windows also have to pick up dead birds.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.  Be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments.

 Life is good!

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Sep 09, 2011 01:26 AM #9
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Chris - I need to look for those Window Alerts. We had a dove fly into one of high windows and he left an impression on the window. I had a dove outline for several weeks till I could get up there and clean the pane. I felt so bad; looked all over to see if there was a bird that was stunned so I could help but couldn't find it. We have it happen a lot.

Sep 09, 2011 02:45 AM #10
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Chris,

This little bird is so cute and so unusual. I am so glad it is alright now. I had never heard of Window Alerts. I remember years ago my mom had to put ugly owl stickers on the sliding glass doors to keep guest from walking through it. Same kind of idea; just a decal that reminds people to beware of the glass.

Thanks for telling me about them. We must do what we can to protect the birds and other wildlife.

Sep 11, 2011 06:51 PM #11
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Now why didn't I invent those little maple leaves? LOL

The home my family lived in when I was five had windows around the upper walls in the living room and dining room. Birds were always flying into those windows and knocking themselves out. That was my first experience with trying to help our little friends make it in the human-dominated world.

Sep 21, 2011 10:18 PM #12
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's very nice of you to alert the birds about the windows.  I like that you can move them around as needed.

Oct 03, 2011 05:04 PM #13
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Chris where have you been?  Hope all is well!

Nov 06, 2011 02:48 AM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Great suggestion, Chris.  Sometimes bird fly into our patio doors.

Enjoy the season of Thanksgiving and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments.

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Nov 11, 2011 01:51 AM #15
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Chris, A great post about glass not mixing well with our feathered friends.  You did get a great close up of that warbler though.  Hope he/she is okay.  Hopefully there have not been many more hits to your windows.

Hope you are doing well in your new situation. 

You take care.

Nov 11, 2011 09:38 AM #16
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

I once worked at a company whose glass in the building was reflective and they had alot of birds flying in them. Sad to see such a thing and did not know such window decals existed. Thank you for that Chris!

Nov 11, 2011 01:04 PM #17
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Chris, window decals sound like a great idea. I don't know if we need those as I've never seen bird residue on the windows or the decks

Nov 15, 2011 01:04 PM #18
Chris Canfield
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona

These decals seem to work best in sunny weather.  We have had a lot of gloomy days this fall, and it seems a bird or two hits the glass every week.  Very sad, but most are able to fly away afterward.

Nov 19, 2011 09:55 AM #19
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