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Whether you live in a high-rise or 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 solutions for preventing birds from flying into your windows!
But first, let’s talk about why it happens. Why do birds fly into windows? The real reason may surprise you.
Birds typically fly into 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 experience a collision with a window will suffer from life-threatening injuries because, to birds, the glass acts as an invisible wall.
That’s right, it’s not poor eyesight or crystal-clear glass that causes birds to fly into windows. It’s the optical illusion that causes them to hit the glass—and it happens more than you would think. It’s estimated that around one billion – yes, billion – birds die in the US from flying into windows each year according to a 2014 study. This has 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 window cracks or the stunned or dead critter!
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 seven simple ways to do it:
Screens are a great way to break up a reflection, but typically, only half of the window has a screen. Look for magnetic screens for an easy way to cover your entire window or door.
This can help to ensure that there is always something behind the glass close to the window to help avoid a perfect reflection.
Adding window decals for additional bird safety to the outside of your windows can reduce the possibility of impact and can help them see if there is an object in their line of sight. When adding decals, make sure they’re no more than 2 inches apart. It’s best to choose brightly colored or holographic stickers for maximum visibility and contrast. Decals are a great option for renters since they’re easy to apply and remove without damaging the window.
Window film is a great way to keep birds from hitting your windows while increasing privacy. Decorative window film will work, but you can also look for an anti-collision window film designed specifically to prevent birds from hitting your window.
If you have bird baths or bird feeders near your window or patio door, move them to a spot further away from any glass. This can help keep birds from massing near impact-prone areas.
Windows can be fastened with shutters or window screens, which can be helpful tools for preventing impacts by our aviary friends. When installing screens or shutters, keep in mind the type of windows you have.
While this may seem a bit messy, it can potentially help prevent birds from crashing into your windows. The soap or paint can act as a good deterrent to a bird that flies by. Just be sure that you have the paint or soap marks inside so outside rain doesn’t wipe it away immediately.
Choosing 1-2 of these tactics will help keep birds from hitting your window or patio door. You may need to use different tactics depending on how many windows you have, but ultimately, adding a few indicators to your windows can help protect your home and the birds.
There is always a chance that a bird may crack or break a window when they crash into them. If you don’t have impact windows or a warranty, then these situations can be frustrating for homeowners. If a bird does break your window, then it is best to analyze the affected window and determine if it should be repaired or if you’ll be needing a replacement window.
A window that is determined to need replacing can be done by professionals like the team at Window World of Kansas City.
If you’re ready to upgrade your home’s windows, we’re here to help! Browse our window selection and request your free estimate to get started.