Tips for Protecting Windows from Birds
Why do birds peck at windows?
- Birds see their reflection in the window and perceive the image
as an intruder to their territory.
- Pecking behavior typically occurs in the April to May, but can
occur during any nesting season.
How do I stop birds from pecking at windows?
- The key is to prevent the birds from seeing their reflection.
- Hang objects in front of the window.
- Add stickers or labels to the window.
- Turn on a lamp behind the window or shine a light in front
of the window.
- Smear the window with dish soap. Then spray it off when the
nesting season is completed.
|Hang objects in front or behind a large window to reduce the
window's reflectivity. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel.
Help Birds Avoid Windows
Millions of birds are killed each year from injuries sustained after
flying into windows. Help reduce these unnecessary deaths by instituting the
- Avoid using large picture windows whenever possible.
- Reduce the reflectivity of the window.
- Hang objects in front of window
- Add decals to the window
- Closing blinds and curtains
- Studies are mixed regarding when window strikes are most frequent.
Some suggest fall months when birds are migrating. Others suggest during
winter when birds congregate at bird feeders.
David Horn, Milikin College.