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Sometimes birds fly into windows. In other cases, they can perch on the outside of your windowsill and peck a little. It might seem like they’re trying to get your attention, and if you’ve been stuck in the last year, you might even be tempted to let it in for a quick chat. (But not.)

And then there are some birds that return day after day and aggressively peck at your window as if you owe them money. Not only are they annoying, but pecking could hurt their beak and windows. Here’s how to prevent this from happening.

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Why do birds peck at windows?

Every year during the mating season of the birds – from May to August – male birds try to find a perfect place for their new nest. And once they do, they protect it as well as the area around it. Sometimes this area is in a person’s back yard, including the back of a house.

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This is where pecking comes in. Per hunker::

When light hits window glass at certain angles, a nearby bird can see its own reflection. A territorial man perceives this reflection as another man, a serious threat to his space. Men with this territorial mindset can attack other reflective surfaces as well, such as B. the side mirrors of a vehicle.

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 goldfinch
  • Ruffed wood grouse
  • Titmice California Towhees

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How do you stop pecking?

The key here is that the windows are less shiny on the outside and therefore reflective. Start by identifying the spot the bird usually pecks, then try any of these tactics as well Courtesy of Hunker::

  • A window screen is temporarily stuck over this area with adhesive tape or tape or a fine mesh material that allows light to pass through, but prevents possible reflection.
  • Non-glossy plastic sheets, such as those used for a drape, will also work.
  • For even better results, glue or pin the plastic to the top of the window and let it hang freely and move in the wind. The movement will Scare birds Path. Since this isn’t exactly a do-it-yourselfer, you may want to limit the plastic fluttering to windows that face off to the side or the back yard.

Look forward to this spring!