Tips to Prevent Bird Strikes on Windows at Home

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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.

warblers in Ohio at magee marsh©Rob Ripma
You do not want to find a chestnut-sided warbler dead or injured due to a window strike!

Unfortunately, sometimes birds run into our windows. And it can be much worse during spring and fall migration. 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 prevent bird strikes on windows. Psst—check out 5 ways to create a bird-safe backyard.

Birds run into windows for a couple different reasons. Sometimes they can see straight through your house out another window and think that they can fly right through. Other times, the reflection off the window plays a similar trick on them. According to the American Bird Conservancy an average of two birds are killed at each U.S. home every year by window strikes. 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 break up the reflection and make the windows stand out to birds.
  2. Hang reflective items on the outside of the window. This will get the birds attention and direct them away from the window.
  3. Draw a pattern on the outside of your windows using a white paint marker.
  4. Place bird feeders within 3 feet or outside of 10 feet of all windows.
  5. If you’ve tried these things and you’re still getting window strikes, put screens on all of your windows.

Here’s expert advice on how to help a bird that flew into a window.

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