How to stop birds from flying into your windows?

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Birds will most likely fly into your window because they see the reflection of the sky. Make your windows more visible by using screens, nets, tape and different glass materials. This will reduce the likely hood of them injuring themselves and keep your property damage free.

 

Birds are amazing creatures that so many of us love. Most of the time, they are very smart creatures. We even hear stories about how crows hold funerals for each other. Unfortunately, birds aren’t always able to make out windows when flying around. This results in them flying straight into windows as if your Windex was invisible. Another reason that can make birds fly into your windows might be down to the species of the bird themselves. Some, like the cardinals and robins are highly territorial and might be attempting to intimidate their own reflection!

How do you stop birds from flying into windows? Let’s take a look at some of the steps you can take to remove the worry of birds crashing into your windows.

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How to stop birds flying into your windows?

1. Nets, Spikes or Shutters

Nets or meshes will visually emphasize your window for flying birds. If you do have an issue with birds flying into particular windows then we do recommend installing a polyurethane net. Another benefit of these nets is that they will also keep bugs out of your home when your windows are open.

With some window nets they can install them to be extruding from your window. If this is the case, we recommend the net to be approximately 4-inches away from the window as this will allow for any birds that come crashing to have a soft landing. The net will effectively work as a little trampoline and will spring the bird back from where it came from. 

Another great way of deterring birds is to install exterior shutters. By blocking any reflection that the windows would usually emit, shutters is a sure way of stopping birds from flying into the window. We appreciate that this might not be appropriate if you want the window to bring in light to the home but it is worth knowing. Shutter will also help to insulate your house and reduce draft from windows, reducing your energy bill!

 

Installing blinds and curtains can also help. Covering your windows will reduce the reflection and in turn mitigate the biggest cause for birds to crash into your window. Similar to shutters however, if you are looking to bring light into a room of the house, this may not be the solution for you!

 

Stainless steel spikes are an effective solution to stopping birds from using your windows as perches. They can often create a mess if they are left alone. 

2. Shiny Tape

Putting shiny tape on your windows in a similar formation to bars can help to prevent birds from flying into your windows. You want to take the tape and place it every four inches in a vertical direction. 

 

If you do not like the aesthetic look that this will create then get creative! Buy stickers for the windows and reduce its reflection. You will however need to cover a large portion of the window otherwise birds will unfortunately still fly into the window.

3. Type of Window

Using alternative window materials can help to prevent birds flying into your windows. Here are some window type that we recommend:

 

  • Frosting/Whitewashing Windows
  • Tinting Windows
  • Sandblast
  • Etch

I understand that it can be expensive to replace existing windows however if there are some windows in particular that are causing issues then I do recommend changing them. Windows of these types are in my opinion much more aesthetically pleasing than using tape or nets however this is only my opinion. Weigh up the pros and cons of each option for your home!

4. Relocate any Bird Feeders

Bird feeders and birdhouses are great additions to your home. They welcome birds of all kinds to come to visit. At the same time, if they aren’t correctly placed, they can cause birds to crash into your windows. Bird feeders and bird houses need to be placed either very close to windows or very far away. If you are going to place your bird feeder close to the house then it needs to be within 3 feet of the window so that bird can recognize the window as they feed. They will notice that the window is part of the house and will learn to take care.

 

If you want to place your bird feeder and bird house further away from the house then it should be at least 30-feet away from your home and windows. This gives birds enough distance to take off without getting distracted by your windows.

5. Angle Window

If you are building a new home or replacing old windows it is worth keeping in mind to install angled windows. By integrating windows that have an angle of at least 20 degrees down towards the ground. This puts them in the perfect position to reflect the ground, not the sky. This is a costly solution if your existing windows are perfectly fine but if you need new ones, why not!

 

Stopping birds from flying into windows may seem small to some people, but to others, it is very important. These birds are amazing, and they are part of our ecosystem. Use these tips to stop birds from flying into windows and save a bird’s life (and your windows).

6. Specialized Windows

There are a number of specialized windows that can discourage birds from crashing into your glass. If you are worried about old windows taking damage from birds then bird-proof windows might be for you. Found commonly in window shops and hardware stores they can save you money in the long run!

 

Another type of window you can choose is a fritted glass window. They have specks of opaque glass that help a bird tell that a window is part of a home. Another type of glass you can use is UV-reflective glass. The UV material is highly visible to birds.

 

All of the windows listed above are perfect for you if you want a great solution without interfering with the aesthetics of your home. UV and fritted windows are visible for birds while humans will not be able to tell the difference. Subtle but effective.

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About Us

We are avid bird-watchers who recently retired, allowing us more time to travel the world. Fortunately, we have managed to visit numerous countries around Europe, Asia, and America. Watching and photographing birds has been a passion for many years and we are making the most of the extra time on our hands!

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