Birds & Windows

Birds & windows

Birds often hit windows because they see the reflections of trees, bushes or sky and do not see the glass. The speed at which they strike the window can cause instant death or head injuries that lead to death within a few days. It is conservatively estimated that more than 95 million birds become window casualties each year in the United States.

What should you do if a bird hits your window?

  • Pick up the stunned bird and place it in a paper grocery sack with a paper towel in the bottom. Place the bag in a warm, quiet place.
  • If the bird has completely recovered within 15 minutes of hitting the window, release it back outside.
  • If the bird has not fully recovered within 15 minutes, bring it to the wildlife hospital as soon as possible.
  • If this happens more than once, take the following steps to prevent further injury or death to birds.

How can you prevent this?

  • Cover the outside of your window with plastic garden-protection netting, mounted on a frame and installed 1 foot away from the window.
  • Hang closely spaced streamers on the outside of the window, attached at top and bottom.
  • Let your window remain dirty so it isn't reflective.
  • Bird feeders should be more than 10 feet or closer than 3 feet from a window.
  • Eliminate items that attract birds too close to the window such as bird feeders, watering areas, and nutritious and aesthetic vegetation.
  • For new construction, angle windowpanes slightly so the ground, rather than the sky or surrounding landscape, is reflected.