While the sound of having songbirds wake you up in the morning can be a romantic idea, in reality, it can be a luxury with more consequences than you may initially think.
In addition to the issue of birds nesting in the nooks and crannies of your home’s exterior (click here for more information about bird removal), living in a neighborhood alongside a healthy community of birds poses many problems. Potentially the most serious problem is the possibility that one of these innocent creatures flies into your window, potentially damaging your property and injuring or killing the bird. According to the American Bird Conservancy, “Up to one billion birds die each year in the United States when they hit glass windows, walls, and other structures…” With only about 125 million households in the US, the chances that you are affected by one of these incidents is extremely high.
Birds often fly into windows if the reflection in the window is that of the sky, which describes the most upper level, and even some lower level, windows on most houses. This again shows the reason for concern for everyone with a house, as extreme as that may sound. In addition to the reflection of the sky, windows can also reflect trees, flowers, and other foliage, increasing the number of windows that may appear inviting to an unknown avian traveler.
While bird-to-window collisions may seem unavoidable, there are some basic precautions that can be taken to reduce the number of injured or dead birds resulting from these unfortunate events (not to mention saving you from having to deal with the aftermath of such an accident).
One of the simplest ways to prevent birds from flying into your windows is to simply use curtains during the day. Having curtains, especially those that dull or distort any reflection that may exist is a great place to start. This could be as simple as installing window blinds that are kept partially closed during the day in order to distort the reflection seen by a passing bird. Installing shutters on the outside of your windows can also be a good way to prevent birds from seeing a tempting reflection in your windows.
While these methods all require some kind of investment, it is worth the peace of mind knowing your windows will not be broken by a passing bird. Acting before this happens to you is crucial. As they say, the early bird gets the worm- if you and your home were the early bird and not having broken windows and dead animals surrounding your house was the worm.
If you do have the misfortune of experiencing an event like this, it is important that you do not try to assist the bird yourself. Doing so could cause harm to both parties and can often lead to much more harm than good. If the bird is injured, seek a wildlife rehabilitator. This is the best course of action to take if the bird does appear to be hurt. These professionals are trained to deal with this kind of accident and will ensure that both you and the bird stay safe.