How to Stop Window Strikes during Spring Migration

It's never good to find beautiful birds that have died due to window strikes in your yard, hopefully with these simple tips you can avoid this situation.

Window strikes kill many birds and it’s always unpleasant to find these beautiful creatures dead in your yard. Luckily, there are things you can do to help stop this issue from occurring. Here are some of my top tips for stopping this issue.

  1. Use these products, recommended by American Bird Conservancy, on your windows to cut glare and make the windows stand out to birds. Many of these products are very easy for anyone to apply to their windows.
  2. Hang reflective items in front of the window. This will get the birds attention and direct them away from the window.
  3. Place bird feeders within 3 feet or outside of 10 feet of all windows. If birds do hit the windows from inside 3 feet, they are unlikely to hurt themselves.
  4. If you’ve tried these things and you’re still getting window strikes, consider put screens on all of your windows. I’m lucky to have a house with screens on all my windows so I rarely find a bird dead due to a window strike!
How to Stop Window Strikes during Spring Migration©Rob Ripma
©Rob Ripma You do not want to find a Chestnut-sided Warbler dead in your yard due to a window strike!

It’s not only homes that are killing birds due to window strikes, all kinds of buildings can also cause problems. That’s why, in many cities, concerned conservationists have started Light Out programs. These programs encourage businesses to make wise decisions that will help stop window strikes which will save thousands of birds. Lights Out projects have been started in many major cities. A simple Google search should reveal if your city has started one of these programs.

How to Stop Window Strikes during Spring Migration©Brian Zwiebel
©Brian Zwiebel American Woodcocks strike windows in cities more often than most of us would think.

How do you prevent window strikes at your home?

Rob Ripma
Rob Ripma, a lifelong Indiana resident, has traveled and birded extensively throughout the Americas.