What's going on? Last year we had a bird hit the windows, maybe once a
month, or every two months. This year it's been more like 6-8 a day!!
And even the cautious ones hang on the junction ledge and press their
heads against the glass, or tentatively flutter around over the
surface of the glass, as if they could find some opening to get
through. Some of these birds are so aggressive they go to several
windows and sliding doors.
Some birds hit so hard they mortally wound themselves. Most usually
are stunned and just make a horrible flutter/thump sound that can be
heard throughout the whole house, a bit jarring. But, like I said once
a month, or every two months is one thing. But this is getting
unnerving, even in the time I took to type this in there were two
Anybody have any similar experiences this year, or ideas as to why the
PS: many of these birds are 'seed' eaters, so don't tell me we sound
like bugs in here! ok, a giant nut, i walked into that one.
It happens here in NJ too. I would say this year it's been
happening above average. Maybe one a day. I have a
contemporary house with large windows in the front, live
in a wooded area, so it does happen. I'd say about 80%
of the time they survive.
A few years ago, in the middle of winter, I had a flock
of robbins that kept repeatedly slamming into the windows.
It went on for a couple of hours.
Twenty years ago, you never saw robbins here in winter.
I felt bad for them, but what can you do.....
One year I had a robbin hell bent on getting into one of
the basement windows. Only happened that once, but
that bird just kept trying and trying for a couple hours.
On Wed, 15 May 2013 11:05:40 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
Where is here?
I don't know about robins, but if you open the window where a NY
pigeon likes to sit on the sill outside, none of the pigeons will come
sit there until you close the window. They won't come in the
On Wed, 15 May 2013 08:06:33 -0700 (PDT), Robert Macy
Not this year, but about 10 years ago, I had this. For 2 or 3 summers
in a row. I think it was the same bird. He would hit the rear
sliding glass door about 10 times, t hen fly around to the front and
hit the front sliding glass door about 10 times. Maybe 20 times.
I don't think he ever hurt himself. I always thought he got tired.
The lights are usually off here during the day, and I wouldn't think
he could see inside very well. There also doesn't seem like anything
in here would interest him. Well, there was a big spilled bag of
bird seed under the piano, but at the time I didn't think he could see
that, what with glare on the south-facing glass door. And since in
the wild, bird seed isn't in a big pile, except in feeders where I
thought they relied on smell to find it, I don't think that was the
attraction. And he'd have to remember the bird seed to fly around to
the front to try to get in there. And it was only one bird, I think.
I'll try to remember to look in and see if he could have seen it.
Of course you don't sound like bugs. How silly is that. But when
you're quiet, you sound like seeds.
I'm in NC and this year has been way above average for bird-window
interaction. Several collisions per day. Ocurred throughout theWinter and
into April. Seems to have stopped. They destroyed a pane in a storm door.
This is getting creepy....first the bees, now the birds?
I've had four or five window crashers, all hummers but for a sparrow.
All died, but for the sparrow who was knocked cold for a minute or so.
Anything new in the neighborhood that might change migrations? There
was a study in Florida a few years back that found that thousands of
migratory birds (35K? each) were killed by running into transmission
towers. Perhaps keeping curtains closed would tell them it isn't a
At least now you know about the birds and the bees :)
Like someone else said, cut out an outline of a bird from construction
paper and tape it on the windows. The humane society suggests this. I
believe it should be the shape of a hawk. Go to any humane society site
and you might find a picture to use for cutting them out. OR, just
close the drapes so they see something other than glass.
Shoot the bird. Too dumb to be living.
Christopher A. Young
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I've heard of the bird silhouette, no idea if it works. Closing the
drapes does not, the attacking bird can still see the reflection that it
On Thu, 16 May 2013 08:40:12 -0400, "David L. Martel"
I went to a Humane Society "open house" with some kids, and they
actually were selling those bird silhouettes, and they were shaped like
a hawk. They claimed they work. They were cheap, so it was no big
money maker, thus I tend to think they do work.
I've never had this problem, so I could not try them.
Yet, the first website below says they dont work????
All you can do is experiment. Check out these sites.
There are more sites, lots of them....
enter: "bird silhouette"
"stop birds from hitting windows"
I had a problem with woodpeckers making holes in my wooden horse shelter
walls. I tied a bunch of aluminum soda or beer cans to plastic baling
twine, put some nails along the edge of the roof, and tied the cans to
the nails. Have not had any woodpeckers since.
(Poke hole in side of can near the pop top, run twine thru the pop top
and that hole to tie it to can, after doing several of them and having
trouble getting twine thru the holes, I made loops on the can with
baling wire, twisted it, then tied the twine to those loops).
The cans are a bit noisy, but you get used to it!
I can't speak to the recent Hitchcock-ian behavior of the birds in
your area, but I can offer this:
Nature Centers often use a silhouette of a flying bird to prevent the
birds from flying into the windows. Just like we humans and our cars,
birds don't like to occupy the same space as another bird. They will
do their best to avoid the silhouette and thereby avoid the window.
I could be wrong, but I don't think that birds simply mate with
whatever bird they happen to fly by. I think there's a little more to
it than that..like maybe some type of agreement between the two
Thinking of bird kills by windmills, I googled this up from the
Washington Post in response to them killing 500,000 per year:
The American Wind Energy Association, which represents the industry,
disputes the conservancy’s projection, and also the current Fish and
Wildlife count, saying the current bird kill is about 150,000 annually.
Over nearly 30 years, none of the nation’s 500 wind farms, where 35,000
wind turbines operate mostly on private land, have been prosecuted for
killing birds, although long-standing laws protect eagles and a host of
If the ongoing investigation by the Fish and Wildlife Service’s law
enforcement division results in a prosecution at Pine Tree, it will be a
first. The conservancy wants stronger regulations and penalties for the
wind industry, but the government has so far responded only with
“It’s ridiculous. It’s voluntary,” said Robert Johns, a spokesman for
the conservancy. “If you had voluntary guidelines for taxes, would you
The government should provide more oversight and force operators of wind
turbines to select sites where birds don’t often fly or hunt, the
conservancy says. It also wants the wind industry to upgrade to
energy-efficient turbines with blades that spin slower.
The lack of hard rules has caused some at the conservancy to speculate
that federal authorities have decided that the killing of birds —
including bald and golden eagles — is a price they are willing to pay to
lower the nation’s carbon footprint with cleaner wind energy.
But federal officials, other wildlife groups and a wind-farm industry
representative said the conservancy’s views are extreme. Wind farms
currently kill far fewer birds than the estimated 100 million that fly
into glass buildings, or up to 500 million killed yearly by cats. Power
lines kill an estimated 10 million, and nearly 11 million are hit by
automobiles, according to studies.
“The reality is that everything we do as human beings has an impact on
I saw a bunch of drunken honeybees once. Maybe it was birds but I
think honeybees. They were eating fruit that had been lying on the
ground for days. And they wobbled when they walked.
Near Richmond Va., fwiw.
One day I came out to get in my car and there was a robin perched on the
front door chrome trim so it could see the side-view mirror.
It would peck at it's reflection in the mirror, poop, then peck
again.... there was this huge steam of bird poop on the side of the
vehicle under where it was perched. Dunno how long it had been at it,
but it must've been awhile.
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