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How To Prevent Birds From Flying Into Windows

Nothing is more stomach-turning than hearing a loud “thud” to your window and then realizing it was a bird.  Unfortunately, these types of strikes to a window are all too common for birds in the wild, most often during their mating season or when migrating in the fall and spring seasons.

More often than not, these strikes will end up with the bird either seriously injured if not dead.  These types of incidents have been contributed to 30% of birds in North American being lost since 1970.  However, there is good news!  There are several simple steps that homeowners can take that will make sure that birds will stop flying into your windows.

blue and yellow bird sitting on ledge outside window

Image: WCMA

So, why do birds find themselves flying into windows?  The simple answer is that the bird doesn’t see the window’s glass and attempts to pass through what their eyes view as open outdoor space.  Then there is the reflection of both the landscape and the sky on the window.  These reflections cause the bird, who perceives the landscape as real, to fly into the window.

Some birds have been known to peck at and attack their own reflection in a window.  This type of incident most often only occurs during the mating season when the bird feels its territory may be threatened.

There are three simple methods to prevent birds from flying into windows.  Keep bird feeders and birdbaths either thirty feet away or within 3 feet of any windows.  When the feeders and baths are close to the windows, birds are typically unable to pick up enough speed that will result in injury if they do strike the window.

woman placing black bird decals onto a window

Image: Glass Doctor

Another method is to break up the reflection of the window.  Placing decals on your window, no more than two feet apart, will give the birds something to see that will work as a warning and prevent them from flying into the window.

Finally, keep the outside screens on your windows.  The screens work to significantly reduce your window’s reflection while at the same time providing a modicum of cushioning should the bird still fly into the window.