Roughly one billion birds die each year as a result of birds flying into windows. Depending on the size of the bird and the velocity, a bird flying into a window can cause little damage, a crack or complete breakage of your glass. This isn’t fun to deal with, can be costly to repair and if it continues, can be an ongoing drain on your wallet.
Summer and early fall in Seattle are prime time for bird vs window crashes because birds are attracted to reflections of the sky and grass. When it’s overcast or rainy, there’s little reflection to contend with, but in the sunniest months of the year, as we’re having now, large open panes of glass prime for avian crashes. Picture windows, corner windows and glass doors are particular targets.
Even birds that fly away from accidents may die later as a result of internal bleeding that doesn’t kill them right away. And if a bird does die on your property after a window collision, you should dispose of it properly and promptly because they may carry disease. Don’t touch with your bare hands and you can either bury the bird or double bag it in leak-proof plastic bags and dispose of with your trash.
7 tips to offer bird window protection
#1 Close blinds or drapes
It’s nice to enjoy sunny days, but closing your drapes and/or blinds will block out hot air which can be more energy efficient and reduce reflections that may attract birds.
#2 Relocate bird feeders
If you have bird feeders in your yard, moving them closer to your house (within three feet) or further away (more than 20 feet) will reduce crashes. Birds that use your feeders will be less likely to crash into windows because you’re disrupting their flight path and they will lower their speed to use them.
#3 Move houseplants
It’s tempting to put your plants in the window to get sun, but these attract birds who see them as a source of shelter. Either move your plants completely outside onto your porch or deck or move them where they can’t be seen through the windows during the sunniest, most reflective months.
#4 Consider decorative touches
Sun-catchers, hanging crystals, wind chimes and other dangling decoratives will create movement that will break up reflection and the movement is a detractor as well. If you’re replacing windows, etching or frosting can break up reflections. Decorative sticker kits will accomplish the same thing.
#5 Install awnings
Consider installing awnings over large windows or sliding doors. These offer shade that will break up or minimize reflections. As an added bonus, they decrease the amount of heat generated by your windows which can make your home more energy efficient.
#6 Add window screens
Screens are great because they keep out bugs when windows are open and when the windows are closed, screens break up reflections. As an added bonus, when a bird does crash off a screened window, the screen creates a natural cushion for the birds to bounce off.
#7 Don’t wash windows
If you’re a clean freak, you may wash your windows til they shine, but this will just encourage birds to come crashing into your glass. This is the perfect excuse to slack off on this part of your housework. Let your windows get a little dirty to cut down on their reflectiveness.
If you do end up with damage to a window from a bird collision, contact Associated Glass for a fast, high quality and affordable repair. We’ve been taking care of glass in Seattle since 1959 and are ready to help you too. Call now for service from our locations in Snohomish or Lynnwood.