If a bird crashes into your window suddenly, it can be very startling. It can be sad if the bird dies as a result of its injuries, which is a likely outcome. Unfortunately, birds crashing into windows is a significant problem that results in the death of up to 1 billion birds per year in the United States alone.
If this is a frequent occurrence around your home, it may be symptomatic of a bigger problem. The birds may be looking for nesting sites and may have already found one in your home or garage. You should investigate to see if there is a nest site within your home and call bird control in Ajax if you find one. However, birds colliding with your windows is an equally pressing problem, and you should try to address it as soon as possible.
Why Do Birds Crash Into Windows?
To determine why birds are crashing into your windows, you first need to find out if the collisions are happening at night or during the day. There are different reasons behind each.
When birds collide with windows during the day, it is often because they see the reflection of the sky and trees and think it is a new area to explore. If you have windows in your home that are across from one another, a bird may also look through one window, see the greenery on the other side of the building, and come to the same conclusion.
Birds have neither the cognitive ability nor frame of reference to grasp the concept of an invisible, solid, reflective barrier. Unfortunately, few birds survive to learn from the initial experience.
There are also some species of birds that take migratory flights primarily at night. These birds navigate by the light from the moon and the stars. Artificial lights can confuse them, and they might crash into the windows as a result.
What Should You Do if a Bird Collides With Your Window?
The injuries that a bird sustains from crashing into a window are often severe. Birds are able to fly because their bones are light and hollow, but this makes them more fragile. Also, the force of the collision is increased by the high speed of flight. Nevertheless, the impact is not always instantly fatal. The bird may be grievously injured and stunned, but still alive.
If you witness a window collision, you may be able to save the bird if you act fast. Call your local wildlife rescue for guidance about what you can do to help. Don’t handle the bird except as instructed by the rescue, for your own safety as well as that of the bird.
How Can You Prevent Bird Collisions?
If you’re willing to make a significant investment to protect the birds and reduce collisions, you can replace your windows with special bird-friendly glass that is designed to be less reflective. However, a step this drastic usually isn’t necessary. In fact, one inexpensive and effective way of preventing collisions is to add insect screens to windows that don’t already have them. These reduce reflections and also help to cushion the blow if a bird should fly into the glass.
Adding patterns to your windows can be an effective deterrent if you do it correctly. Patterns on the inside of the glass may be hidden by reflections, so they need to be on the outside. The birds interpret the patterns they see as solid objects, so they need to be spaced close enough together so that the birds conclude that there isn’t enough room to get inside. White or light-coloured patterns are more visible because they reflect more sunlight. Opt for long-lasting but reversible solutions, such as removable decals or tempera paint.
If the collisions are happening because birds have made a nest in your home, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in Ajax. We remove nests and babies and then seal the entry point(s) so the parents cannot return.