If you never thought that birds flying into windows was a problem, think again. Hundreds of millions of birds die each year from flying straight into windows. While local birds aren’t as much at risk, migrating birds are routinely mistaken by reflections and reach their sad ending far too soon. Often, birds see a reflection of the landscape, such as trees or sky, and continue flying into the window, which can prove fatal.
However, there are ways that you can save these beautiful winged creatures and prevent the next collision. Read on to find out how you can prevent birds from flying into windows this summer.
1) Attach Netting
You may want to attach a light netting 2 to 3 inches away from your window to stop birds from colliding with the glass. If the net is taught, birds will usually bounce off without getting caught which will prevent an accident. Netting also makes glass railings bird friendly.
2) Change Your Glass
If you find that birds are frequently flying into your window, you may want to change your glass the next time you remodel your home. Consider different types of glass finishing, such as UV-reflective glass, angled glass (that won’t reflect sky and trees) or fritted glass that has dots of opaque glass fused into it. Available in North America since 2010, ORNILUX by Germany’s Arnold Glas has a patterned, UV reflective coating making it visible to birds while remaining virtually transparent to the human eye.
3) Move Bird Feeders
Placing your bird feeder about 3 feet from your window increases safety for birds since they can’t take flight from such a short distance so they don’t fly into your window. So either place your feed close to your home, or across the yard from the home.
4) Tape Your Window
Sticking vertical tape 4 inches apart on your window is an effective way to prevent bird-window collisions. This will break up the reflection so birds will be less likely to get confused and hit your glass. You can find specific bird tape in stores that is long lasting and more aesthetically pleasing than duct tape or masking tape.
5) Install Window Film
Opaque or frosted window film is a good solution to prevent birds flying into your windows. This kind of film looks opaque from the outside, but looks normal from the inside. The film should be applied on the outside of the glass for maximum effect.
There are many steps you can take to prevent birds flying into your windows. If you do happen to find a bird after a window-collision, examine it for external injuries and check if it is alive. If the wings are properly intact, try to perch the bird on a branch unassisted. If it seems okay, leave it to recover on its own. However, if the bird has a major injury, take it to a vet as soon as possible.