Birds and Windows
Living with wildlife
During every autumn migration, the Chintimini Wildlife Center admits numerous birds that have suffered injuries from colliding with windows.
As birds group together and move en masse to warmer climes, they often frequent backyard birdfeeders and concentrate around homes.
Greater concentrations mean more birds are likely to crash into windows.
To minimize these hazzards, make the glass visible to the birds by doing the following:
- Attach black silhouettes of diving hawks or strips of opaque tape to windows.
- Move houseplants away from the glass and close curtains over windows and sliding glass doors whenever possible.
- Attach decorative objects with suction cups to the window, as long as they do not mimic roosting areas.
- Blinds and window screens may provide enough of a visual clue to birds so they can avoid injury.
In the event that a bird does hit a window and is injured, do the following:
- Gently pick up the bird in a towel and place it in a ventilated box.
- Put the box in a dark, quiet place (a closet works well), and do not feed it, give it water, or handle it further.
- Call a wildlife rehabilitation facility for advice.
Often these birds suffer from mild concussions that they recover from if left to rest for a while, so the less contact with them the better.
If you hear that telltale "thump" of a bird hitting a window, try and get to it as soon as possible. There are many cats out there that have learned to recognize that thump and associate it with an easy meal and they will be racing you to the bird.
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