Stopping Window Strikes at Home

We know sometimes birds hit windows and it's much worse during migration but there are a few simple things you can do to stop window strikes.

Unfortunately, sometimes birds run into our windows. It’s never fun to see our feathered friends suffering after these window strikes but, luckily, there are some things that you can do to help stop this from happening. The birds might run into the windows for a couple different reasons. Sometimes they can see straight through your house out another window and they think they will just pass through unharmed, other times, the reflection off the window plays the same trick on them. According the the American Bird Conservancy an average of 2 birds are killed at each US home every year. Here are a few ways that you can help reduce this problem at your house.

  1. Use these products that the American Bird Conservancy recommends on your windows to cut glare and make the windows stand out to birds.
  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.
  4. If you’ve tried these things and you’re still getting window strikes, put screens on all of your windows.

If a bird does strike your window and is stunned, place it in shoe box and put it in a warm dark place. This should allow the bird to recover and be released. If it’s not able to be released, contact a licensed rehabber that will be able to take care of the bird.

Stopping Window Strikes at Home©Rob Ripma
©Rob Ripma It’s not just backyard birds that are hitting windows. Many warblers, like this Black-throated Green, are killed as well.

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