How To Stop Birds From Flying Into Your Windows
Seeing wild in your garden is beautiful and also educational for your children. It also helps to make you feel good that you can help birds and other creatures thrive in your back or front garden. However, one of our feathered friends doesn’t know what a window is and how they can avoid them.
Here at St Helens Windows, we try our best to look out for our feathered friends, so we put this little guide together to give you some advice on helping to prevent injuries. Did you know that in the US alone over 1 billion birds can die a year just by flying into windows?. Here are all the tips you need to help prevent birds from flying into your windows.
Bird Crashes During the Day and Night
There is a wide range of reasons that birds will fly into windows. One reason will depend if it is day or night. During the day, a window can become reflective, so any birds flying towards a window may see the reflections of the garden, such as trees, foliage and shrubbery may appear to be a safe flying path.
Birds will often see their very own reflection in a window and try to attack it. However, this doesn’t usually end with a fatality.
During the night time, nocturnal birds such as owls at more at risk, often a bird will fly towards the windows especially with one with a light on in the room. However, it is unknown why birds tend to fly at windows with lights on during the night. It seems that the problem is down to the light disorientating nocturnal birds which cause accidents.
How To Improve The Birds View
Big glass doors such as French doors, bi-folding doors, and large windows are some of the main culprits that cause such incidents. To test this you will need to stand in your garden where the birds like to feed. Look at your windows and doors and see what you can see. If you can see a reflection of the outside garden, then that is also what the birds are seeing.
Now that you have noticed this problem, you may be thinking of how you can help the birds. There is a very simple trick that you can do without having to do anything with your windows. If you have a very big garden try placing or moving bird feeders as far away from the windows and doors.
Another idea is to place the bird feeders close to the window and doors roughy about 3 feet away. This will help to prevent the birds reaching high speeds and help prevent them from hurting themselves if they do end up crashing into your windows.
What To Do If Your Windows Are A Regular Problem For Birds
If your windows have become a major issue for birds and their flight paths, you can take more action by placing up some screening or netting. Placing screening or netting about 3 inches or more from the glass. Make sure its durable enough to help birds bounce away from the windows without them becoming hurt.
Another method is covering your window glass in a film. A film allows you to see out but makes the windows less reflective and confusing for the birds.
External shutters is another choice, as you can adjust them easily to let light enter your property. The good thing is it helps to prevent the birds from thinking its a safe fly zone. A cheaper option would be using internal blinds or having bars in your windows. As a result, this will help to break up the reflections in the glass.
We hope, our advice of helping to prevent birds from crashing into your windows. Will help to prevent further bird injuries and keep your garden wildlife safe.