A chickadee lands on the bottom and grabs a small bug for a snack. It shortly takes off solely to fly smack dab into your entrance window, and also you hear that terrible “thud”.
Thankfully this was solely a glancing hit. After retreating to a close-by tree department to get well, the chickadee regains its wits and flies off in one other path. This little hen was fortunate. Window collisions end in many hundreds of chook deaths yearly.
Clear glass is completely invisible to birds. As an alternative, they see reflections of their environment, like timber and sky. Or they discover a houseplant or shiny objects inside your home very fascinating, and fly in the direction of them. In the event you take a stroll round your home and take a look at the reflections in your home windows, you will notice them as your birds see them.
Nevertheless, you’ll be able to reduce and even remove this drawback by hanging objects both inside or outdoors the glass window or door to interrupt up these reflections.
About 6 years in the past I had the thought to make use of strips of vinyl adhesive paper (model identify ‘Contact’) organized in a diagonal sample, to stop my wild birds from banging into our home windows.
First, I made positive the glass was clear and freed from any grease which may forestall adhesion. I selected a light- coloured wooden grain design vinyl adhesive paper, which I discovered within the native massive field low cost retailer. I then measured the window diagonally from nook to nook, and reduce my first strip that size, plus three inches to permit for waste. There’s a grid on the paper backing, so measuring 2 inch strips was a breeze. You should use any width you need, relying on the dimensions of your home windows. Nevertheless, you don’t need the strips so shut collectively that they could obscure your view.
I began my first strip in an higher nook of the window and adhered the strip to the window glass in a straight line, ending within the reverse backside nook. I trimmed the surplus adhesive paper and measured for the subsequent strip. Protecting the strips in a straight line is straightforward for those who make a cardboard template that’s your required width (I selected 2″ broad), and lengthy sufficient to succeed in from nook to nook in your window. Use the template as a spacer to guarantee a uniform distance from one strip to a different. As an alternative of cardboard, you may select to make use of an extended piece of wooden that’s the desired width.
Proceed so as to add strips diagonally in a single path, after which begin within the reverse higher nook and repeat. This sample jogs my memory of an English nation home. I feel it makes an enthralling addition to the look of our home. Visibility shouldn’t be impaired for me, and no birds have hit our home windows since I put in this remedy.
I’ve washed the home windows as standard, however with a mild hand. Thus far the sample has remained in tact and nonetheless seems to be nice. It has weathered rain, snow, sleet, wind, scorching solar and numerous window cleaners superbly.
One other answer is the ornamental window decals bought on-line by way of wild chook suppliers. The decals are invisible to us, however mirror ultraviolet mild to warn the birds. They arrive in several sizes and shapes and are a lot much less labor intensive than the primary choice.
Yet one more attainable treatment: Do you keep in mind Glass Wax? I do. As youngsters we all the time adorned my grandmother’s home windows with Glass Wax Vacation stencils. As a result of the product was a paste sort of glass cleaner, it labored very nicely. There are many plastic stencils obtainable in craft and interest shops. This may be a enjoyable approach in your youngsters to assist save birds.
These are a couple of methods to maintain birds from colliding together with your lovely glass home windows and doorways. Use any of them, or assume outdoors the field and provide you with some artistic concepts that may work on your specific state of affairs.
Horrible window collisions could be prevented should you take some time to insure your yard wild birds maintain flying safely!