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Whether you live in a high rise or a ranch house, there’s a chance you’ve had a bird fly into your window or sliding glass door. It’s unpleasant, and you may think there’s nothing you can do to prevent it from happening.
Luckily, there are several things you can do to prevent birds from hitting your windows!
But first, let’s talk about why birds fly into windows sometimes. The real reason may surprise you.
Birds typically hit windows because they see the sky and trees reflected in the glass, giving them the impression that they have a clear flight path. Unfortunately, most birds that hit windows die either from their injuries or because another animal attacked them while they were stunned from the hit.
That’s right, it’s not bad eyesight or crystal clear glass that causes bird collisions. It’s the optical illusion that causes them to fly right into the glass.
This may not seem like a big deal, but it is estimated that around one billion – yes, billion – birds die in the US from flying into windows each year. That can have a huge impact on the ecosystem, food chain, and the ability of certain species to thrive.
Not to mention the unpleasant “thud” when a bird hits your window, and then having to deal with the stunned or dead critter!
Luckily, there are several things you can do to make your windows and sliding glass doors bird-safe.
When making your windows bird-safe, the goal is to break up the reflection that the bird sees on the outside of your window. Here are some simple ways to do it:
Choosing 1-2 of these tactics will help keep birds from hitting your window or patio door.
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