Sometimes birds fly into windows. Other times, they might perch on the outside of your windowsill and peck a little. It might look like they’re trying to get your attention, and if you’ve been stuck inside for the past year, you might even be tempted to let it in for a quick chat. (But don’t.)
And then there are some birds who return, day after day, and peck at your window aggressively, as if you owed them money. Not only are they annoying, but that pecking could hurt their beak and your windows. Here’s how to stop it from happening.
Each year during bird mating season—that would be May to August—male birds try to find a perfect spot for their new nest. And once they do, they protect it, as well as the territory around it. Sometimes, that territory is located in someone’s backyard, including the back of a house.
That’s where the pecking comes in. Per Hunker:
When light hits window glass at certain angles, a nearby bird can see his own reflection. A territorial male perceives that reflection as another male, a serious threat to his space. Males with this territorial mindset may also attack other reflective surfaces, such as a vehicle’s side mirrors.
But it’s #NotAllBirds—some are more prone to window pecking than others. Here are the species found in North America:
- Northern cardinals
- American robins
- Wild turkeys
- Northern mockingbirds
- American goldfinches
- Ruffed grouse
- Titmice California towhees
The key here is making the windows less shiny on the outside, and therefore, reflective. Start by identifying the spot where the bird usually pecks, and then try one of these tactics, also courtesy of Hunker:
- Temporarily tape or tack window screen mesh or a fine netting material over that area, which still allows light through but hinders potential reflection.
- Non-shiny plastic sheeting, such as the type used for a drop cloth, will also work.
- For even better results, tape or tack the plastic up along the top edge of the window and allow it to hang freely, moving in the breeze. The movement will scare birds away. Since this is not exactly an attractive home improvement, you may wish to limit the flapping plastic to windows facing a side or back yard.
Something else to look forward to this spring!