It is more common than you think, yet it is still an unpleasant sound or sight as a bird flies into the glass of your window. It can happen in the day and during the night for different reasons.
For small birds, the issue is more of their health, yet compared to larger birds what may smash into your window, the glass can break, and it then poses a health hazard to your family.
In this guide, you can follow us to find out all you need to know about how to keep birds from hitting window, and what you should do if there is a window collision. (Read How to Attract Birds into Your Garden)
Why Birds Fly into Windows?
You can find two main types of window collisions: day and night.
During the day, the birds crash against windows because they spot vegetation reflections or see-through glass to potted plants or vegetation on the far side.
In the evening, nocturnal migratory birds, which are usually songbirds, can collide when they fly against illuminated windows.
Some nightly collisions are caused by chance, but many more commonly the night migrants are drawn to hitting the windows by the interior lights.
For reasons not fully understood, such lights can divert night migrants away from their original path, particularly in foggy or other hard to see conditions.
In these illuminated areas, they can bump into each other, and in some cases collide against each other or the illuminated area.
You may find an additional explanation: birds often see their reflection in the window and attack it.
This most frequently occurs during the spring, when they are protecting their territory more than they usually do. While it may be irritating to the homeowner, it is rarely a threat to the bird’s survival.
How to Help a Bird That Hits Your Window?
If you happen to find a bird dazed from hitting your windows, carefully examine it for external injuries.
If its wings are held correctly and aren’t dangling, and the bird’s eyes appear normal, you can see it will perch on a branch without assistance. If it perches, leave it be to recover by itself.
If you spot any apparent injury, the injured bird should be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible. You should be able to locate one in your area from an online directory or web search.
Broken bones will need expert attention inside a couple of hours so they can be set and heal correctly.
To keep things quiet, place the bird in a dark container like a shoebox, and put it somewhere quiet, for around 15 minutes. Make sure there are no pets around.
If the weather is cold, you may have to move the box inside, however, don’t keep the bird too warm. Besides this, don’t feed or water the bird. Also, refrain from too much handling as this can shock it even more.
The dark of the box should calm the bird as it recovers unless it has an injury. Make sure not to open the box indoors as you may have the bird try and fly away if it has made its recovery.
Instead, you may need to take the box outside every 10 or 15 minutes and open it. You will see if the bird has recovered as it will fly away. If it doesn’t make a recovery in two hours, help us care for injured birds and locate your nearest wildlife rehabilitator.
One thing to remember is that technically speaking, it is illegal to handle migratory birds unless you possess a permit. To be safe, take the bird to the rehabilitator.
How to Stop Birds from Flying into Window
Here are some of the things you can do to safeguard your home from birds flying into your windows.
Outside Window Changes
If you have windows where bug screens can be fitted, you can leave this in place, and it offers cushioning and also prevents some of the reflections in the day
Decals or wind chimes:
You can stick decals around 4 inches apart so they highlight the window and will stop birds flying against your window
If you have shutters, close these on your lower windows when possible.
External sun shades:
You can use a sunshade or awning as they will stop any reflection or transparency.
Move bird feeders and birdbaths:
You can move any bird feeders and birdbaths closer to your home, though it can attract rodents. Move them around 30 feet away so the birds can see windows are part of your home.
Soap or paint:
It is possible to draw shapes using soap or tempera paint. These are temporary yet can be enough to keep birds away.
You can fasten 1/4-inch vertical chart tape strips to the outside of your windows. Also, you could stick 1/8-inch horizontal black stripes across the glass.
Garden shed windows can be culprits as can those on your home. You can easily whitewash these or cover them with something to stop reflections
Window screens or light nets:
You can fasten these at least 2 to 3 inches from your windows. Once these screens are tight, birds will bounce off them unharmed.
Inside Home Changes
Keep vertical blinds half-closed to stop birds seeing inside
Drapes and shades
Keep these closed if you don’t need the light from your windows
Turn off lights in rooms that are not in use, and close curtains
While it is widespread to see birds hit windows, there are not many times you need to help as they are just stunned and fly off after a couple of minutes. However, you can help prevent window collisions with the simple ideas above.
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