If you have been a homeowner or apartment dweller before, chances are that you’ve heard the tragic thump of a bird colliding with one of your windows before. You might be wondering if there is anything you can do to prevent it from happening again. Thankfully, there is a lot that you can do to make your home’s windows safer for birds.
Why Do Birds Fly into Windows?
It is first important to understand why birds are flying into your windows in the first place, and it isn’t because they want to be inside of your house! The primary reasons birds will fly into your windows is that they are seeing a reflection of the forest, sky, or trees on your window glass. They accelerate, thinking that they have nothing in their way, and collide with your window as a result. Over half of the birds that hit residential and commercial windows are unfortunately killed as a result.
How Can You Let Birds Know That Your Window Is, Well, a Window?
On the exterior of your home:
- Put a screen or light net on the outside of your windows, so that birds will bounce off of it without having a heavy impact
- Tape ¼ inch vertical white strips of tape or 1/8 inch horizontal black strips on the outside of your windows
- Use the external shutters on your windows
- Use soap or washable paint to decorate the outside of your windows so that birds can tell it isn’t a reflection of the outdoors
- Put fun decals on the outside of the windows. This works especially well in children’s rooms or art rooms before the holidays
- Move bird feeders and bird baths away from windows so that they don’t take off and think that your home is part of the surrounding nature
On the inside of your home:
- Keep vertical blinds closed at least halfway most of the time
- Keep shades or curtains closed in rooms that you aren’t using during the day
- Close curtains or blinds if there is light coming out of your home at night
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