According to the Audubon Society, the major cause of bird death is glass collision. The good news is that we humans can help change that.
Birds often collide with glass windows and doors at night during their spring and fall migrations. Building lights and reflections from the light and glass are major causes of birds colliding with glass windows.
If you enjoy bird watching and want to see our feathered friends protected from harm, here are 9 ways to prevent birds from colliding into the windows of your home:
- Observe the birds and, in particular, watch their flying patterns.
- Put up a shade to block the ‘through-house’ line of sight that can seem to birds to be a flight path.
- Reduce window reflection so birds won’t mistake windows as clouds or open air.
- Apply window decals.
- Scare birds with a hawk silhouette on the window.
- Tack up a temporary window cover, especially during breeding season.
- Place ornaments and objects visibly near the window so birds know they can’t fly through.
- Remove potential prey away from the windows, like an aquarium or a hamster cage.
- Position your bird feeders either further out in your back yard or very close to your house.
For more details about how to keep birds safe, read: 9 Ways to Help Birds Avoid Window Collisions