Why Birds Fly Into Windows and How To Prevent It

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Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Edge Company Inc
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Birds fly into windows because they see the reflection of the sky. 

close up of a hawks face

I was cooking dinner this week when I heard a loud BAM on the window. I ran to see what happened and discovered a large hawk lying motionless on the ground. As I watched, he slowly began to move his claws and head. After many minutes, he flew a short distance and landed in a bush near my bedroom window. I checked on him for hours and into the night. He was breathing but once the sun set, the bird stayed hidden in the bush and shrubbery. At first light, I looked out and the hawk was gone. I've since seen him flying around the neighborhood and I'm so glad he recovered from the accident. 

I Love Birds! What Can I Do To Prevent This From Happening Again?

According to the Humane Society, there are several things we can do to keep birds from flying into windows. 

  • Attach a net or screen 2-3 inches from the window. If the screen or net is pulled taut, the bird will bounce off
  • Attach bird tape strips on the window about 4 inches apart. Here's a link to ABC Birdtape with step by step instructions on how to install the tape and what it looks like on a window.
  • Write with soap or washable paint on the window. This may work for holidays, like hearts for Valentines Day, but this is another suggestion that could look unattractive unless you are particularly artistic
  • Install Acopian Bird Savers. This is the method we plan to use on our windows. In fact, we will make our own. Here is a link to the Acopian page for how to make your own.  I think this is the most attractive long-term way to keep birds from flying into windows.

According to the Washington Post,  between 368 and 988 million birds die every year by crashing into windows. 

 

 

Please consider trying one of the bird saving methods suggested above or come up with your own idea! Some homemade ideas include; taping bird feathers to the window, placing owl decoys on the roof or near a window & placing long wooden dowels into window boxes.

 

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Victoria Henderson is Vice President & Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Victoria is a certified Military Relocation Professional 

 

 

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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Thanks for this advice I had never heard of. We get cardinals doing this in the Spring in Oklahoma City.

Jan 13, 2018 07:33 AM #1
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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This is the first I've seen these suggestions posted.  I don't seem to have that issue here, even though I have a lot of birds in my area.  However, at a previous home I had, it seemed to be a regular issue.

Jan 13, 2018 07:40 AM #2
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Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
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Hi Joe Pryor Yes, it's a common occurrence & with a little effort, we can help birds. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you consider some of these suggestions!

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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat I am glad to hear you don't have this problem where you live. I didn't realize, until I did a little research, that the birds see the skies reflection which is why they hit the window full force. Thanks for the comments. Have a great weekend!

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