Preventing Window Collisions

Avoiding the big bang

We've all heard it - the sickening crack of a bird against our living room window. It's a heartbreaking sound, especially when the collision causes the bird to die or be seriously hurt. If your garden is home to a big bird population, you'll want to prevent any birds from mistaking your window for another part of your yard and attempting to fly through. The less risk your garden has to unsuspecting birds, the more birds you will see returning to your feeders, bird baths and bird houses.

Birds see differently than humans do - what looks like a reflection of the garden to us is actually an extension of the garden to them. The problem multiplies when two windows are superimposed, like when a front and back window face each other. Birds mistake this as a fly-through zone and may utilize it as an escape route from a predator. Either way, they're unpleasantly surprised and stunned when what they think is a safe place to go ends up being a barrier. You may find that birds will often crash into the same window, or the same couple of windows on your house. If this is true, it means that the birds in your yard view this spot as a safe fly-through zone, and that will make it easier for you to show them a safer way to escape.

Preventing Window Collisions

Fortunately, there are ways for you to prevent window collisions and restore peace of mind, and peace of garden, in your yard. The problem is not the inside of your window - it's the outside. Even if you hang a curtain or a blind inside your house, the reflection is still visible to the birds on the outside.

If you have a problem with window collisions, you should consider these tips:

  • Try tacking a fine plastic mesh over the outside of your windows. This is a relatively inexpensive option available at any garden center and will ensure that the reflection in your window is broken up.
  • Place a decal shaped like a hawk or other bird of prey in your window. This works as a scarecrow - all wild birds will avoid predators. Depending on your window problem, you can choose red decals, if your window reflects the garden, or black ones, if your window is superimposed and creating a false fly-through zone. Birds' eyes see differently than ours, so picking the right color will ensure that they will see the decal and fly the other way.
  • Place feeders and bird houses away from the offending window.
  • Break up the reflection by hanging sun catchers, crystals or other window decorations in your window.

If a bird crashes into your window and seems to be seriously hurt, make sure you know what to do to provide emergency bird care. Remember; never touch a wild animal with bare hands.