Create Bird-Friendly Windows

May 26, 2011
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One advantage to International Expeditions' location along Alabama’s Cahaba River is that we see so much wildlife. This hooded warbler had to be rescued by our own nature travel planner Charlie Weaver when it was injured after running into an office window. After a few minutes, this warbler was back in the wild. But the experience made us wonder what we can do to help birds steer clear of reflective windows. Here are a few tips we found from wildlife experts.

  • Keep feeders, baths and other bird attractants less than three feet from your windows. No matter how fast the bird takes off, if it hits the window it will bounce to the ground, dazed but alive.
  • If you notice birds always hitting one window, consider placing a few dead branches in front of the problem window. The branches will reflect, but they'll also slow the bird down a bit. Planting a shade tree or some shrubbery close to the window will serve the same purpose, as will an awning.
  • Let windows get a little grimy. The dirtier the window, the less reflection and the more birds will see it as a solid object.