How To Prevent Bird Window Collisions

Posted by Nancy Payne 12/07/2015 0 Comment(s)

 

Choose Windows Wisely and Prevent Bird Collisions

 

When my husband and I decided to install much needed new windows in our house we never thought about the impact new windows would have on "our" garden birds.  We made the decision to switch from multi-pane windows to the more modern single-pane windows which you can see in the picture above.  But the enjoyment we felt over our new windows was quickly shattered when we heard the sad thud of a bird hitting our window! 

 

What we did not realize at that moment was that every day thereafter we would hear several birds hitting our windows, and I would then find dead birds in our garden.  The unsuspecting birds see trees reflected in our windows, do not realize the windows are there, and think they can fly into the "trees".  We are bird lovers and you can imagine how broken hearted we felt!

 

I learned a lot in our bird window collision journey.  The good news is that there are many good options out there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have not had a single bird hitting our windows since we installed the screens.  This was a 100% effective and very inexpensive solution.  If you happen to be installing NEW windows, please make sure the ones you choose have the option to add screens now or in the future.  This is an easy way to protect birds. - See more at: http://habitat-landscapes.com/Bringing-Nature-Closer-to-You/How-To-Prevent-Bird-Window-Collisions#sthash.G9cOJxCA.dpuf
We have not had a single bird hitting our windows since we installed the screens.  This was a 100% effective and very inexpensive solution.  If you happen to be installing NEW windows, please make sure the ones you choose have the option to add screens now or in the future.  This is an easy way to protect birds. - See more at: http://habitat-landscapes.com/Bringing-Nature-Closer-to-You/How-To-Prevent-Bird-Window-Collisions#sthash.G9cOJxCA.dpuf
  

I started out using window decals because they are inexpensive, quick to install (just spray the window with water and stick them on) and cute. You can select from many sizes and shapes.  But, when I realized I would have to install one every 4 inches so that the birds would not fly in between them, I decided that was not the look I wanted for our house! Plus, over time, I would have to replace them with new ones, and that would get costly.

 

I then tried the CollidEscape material.  It is pretty cool.  You can purchase a roll of what looks like a screen but it adheres to the window on the outside.  See the picture on the right. You can see thru it pretty well and it offers great protection for the birds.  It is also easy to install. Again, just spray water and stick it to the window. After a few days of trying a sample on my window, and accepting the slight loss of visibility, I decided to try taking it off the window to see how easily it would come off in the future.  It was so tightly adhered to the window that it came off with difficulty, and in pieces.  I decided I did not want to stick this to all our new windows!

 

So, I called the contractor who installed our windows and asked if he could install screens.  In a moment of suspense, he had to check to see if the windows we purchased were made to accept screens.  We were very lucky - our windows were made to accomodate screens.  We ordered a few to try on a side of the house to see how we would like the look.  We were immediately thrilled because we could not tell the screens were even there.  It only cost us $15 per window and the birds are fully protected. Plus, who does not like open screened-windows in the summer?  The lesson here is, if you are thinking of installing new windows, make sure you specify windows that accomodate screens.

 

Since we installed the screens, we have not had a single bird hitting our windows. This was a 100% effective and very inexpensive solution.  If you happen to be installing NEW windows, please make sure the ones you choose have the option to add screens now or in the future.  This is an easy way to protect birds.

 

   

 

An additional thing you should do is to evaluate, and possibly change, the location of your bird feeders.  Bird collisions are usually fatal when birds are flying very fast when they hit the window.  Make sure your bird feeders are either close to your window - within 3 feet - or at least 30 feet away.  When the feeders are close to the window, and a bird gets spooked and flies away, he will not yet have gotten much speed and will not hit the window hard.  And, when the feeders are more than 30 feet from a window, the birds will be more able to avoid a window - if they see it.

 

After all that, we can once again feel at peace to enjoy our new windows and the expanded view of the colorful songbirds in our garden.  Bye for now.  It is time to go outside, listen to the birds singing, fill up their feeders and change their fountain's water.

 

Happy gardening!

 

   

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