Keeping Birds From Crashing into Windows
This happens quite frequently up at the Welcome Center, mostly in Spring. Pretty rare to see it happen, but you can definitely hear it. Worst last year was a Cedar Waxwing which killed itself and ended up right in front of the main entrance.
The plan is to setup one or two bird feeders come Springtime so these tips might come in handy.
- Keep your windows dirty.
- Put a screen on the window.
- Thumb tack shade cloth over the window.
- Thumb tack string diagonally across the windows, from corner to corner. Do this for all corners. Then tie strips of cloth or surveyor’s tape (colored plastic strips) to the string so that the ends flutter in the wind.
- Relocate any birdfeeders and houses further from the house so the birds do not see their reflections as much.
Well I’m a big fan of keeping things simple so keeping the windows dirty will not be a problem. I kind of like the shade cloth idea, but aesthetically that may be odd. String and surveyor’s tape? Uh, no.