Window Crashers: How to Prevent Bird-Window Collisions
Spring is in the air and many home owners will be looking for ways to rejuvenate the look and feel of their homes. Whether it’s by doing some spring cleaning or by taking on some renovation projects, there are a number of ways to
A popular project that home owners undertake in spring is getting their windows replaced. Old windows can look ugly, dingy, and dark, and fail to properly let light into the house. Replacing old windows with new vinyl windows provides a ton of advantages for homeowners: they are easy to install, maintain and clean, are energy-efficient, and come in a variety of shapes and colours. When installed properly, your vinyl windows can last a long time and provide you with the warmth and comfort of sunlit rooms without annoying drafts.
But there’s something you may not have considered: the birds. Unfortunately, up to
Why Do Birds Fly Into Windows?
The clearer your windows are, the more they reflect the outside foliage, creating an illusion of an inviting place for birds to fly to. At night, nocturnal birds might fly into windows because they’re drawn to the light from your home.
The final factor to bird-window activity is actually a specific problem in the spring time, because it involves male birds getting territorial and attacking their own reflection. Thankfully, this particular problem isn’t detrimental to the bird’s health, but it can definitely be annoying to you as a home owner.
What Can You Do?
There are a number of ways to make sure that your windows are
The first thing you’ll need to do is go outside and see which windows are the worst culprits – remember that it’s the ones that reflect the most vegetation, and this is often the case for large picture windows. You’ll also want to pay special attention to the windows nearest to your bird feeders (if you have any) because that’ll be a high traffic area for them.
Once you know which windows are most likely to experience a collision, you have a number of options available to help make them more bird-friendly. A popular product to use is
The good news is that bird-window collision awareness is growing and more and more people are stepping up to help prevent them from happening. You can easily contribute by making sure your home windows are safe for your bird friends.