If a bird hits a window in your house, you'll probably get a nasty shock, but you may also then need to replace the glass. Of course, for the poor bird, the consequences are often even more devastating, so it's in everyone's interests to find ways to stop these incidents. If you're concerned about the risk of bird collisions, consider one or more of the following strategies.

Lose the view

Birds collide with windows for several reasons, but these accidents commonly occur because glass is transparent, and the birds can see something appealing on the other side. As such, a quick, simple way to cut the risk of an accident is to make sure the birds cannot see anything inside.

Wherever possible, keep vertical blinds closed halfway or close your curtains. At night, close window coverings when you have the lights on, as this situation regularly confuses the unfortunate animals. Of course, the same theory applies to external window coverings, so it's also a good idea to close external shutters or pull down sun awnings during the day to keep birds away.

If you have windows in basements or sheds that you don't ever really use, consider whitewashing the glass as a permanent solution.

Break up external reflections

According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, birds also commonly collide with windows because they attack their own reflections. This problem is more common in spring, when you may see male birds pecking at windows because they see their own reflection. Over time, these birds can exhaust and seriously injure themselves by continually hitting the glass.

You can avoid this problem by breaking up any reflection. Very simple solutions include plastic food wrap that you can use for a short period if you notice male birds attacking the window. More permanent solutions include stickers and other markers that you apply to the glass. You can also buy special film that breaks up the reflective surface, without interfering with the view from inside the room.

Keep birds away from the glass

Of course, even if the bird can see through the glass, any obstacles placed in the way will stop the animal hitting the pane and causing an injury. For homeowners, there are plenty of ways to meet this aim.

You can:

  • Place decals and wind chimes outside the window.
  • Install a bird net that acts rather like a trampoline.
  • Attach dead branches to the edges of the window.
  • Fit a bird screen that hangs loosely in front of the window.

In most cases, these and other devices will effectively deter birds. During certain periods, you may need to add extra items, especially if male birds are territorial and aggressive.

Fit new windows

Homeowners can choose from several types of window installation that will help deter bird collisions. If you need to replace the windows, you have a perfect opportunity to install panes that more actively deter bird collisions.

You can ask your window contractor to install glass that faces slightly downwards (no more than twenty degrees). In this instance, the glass will reflect the ground, creating a less attractive reflection for birds. You can also opt for UV-reflective glass, which has a special covering that only birds can see.

Fritted glass is a special type of pane that features hundreds of dots of opaque glass fused to the surface of the window. These dots are highly visible to birds, but the view from the window barely changes for anyone in the house. Talk to a window replacement company like Wildwood Glass Company Inc for more advice about the options available to you.

Experts estimate that up to 100 million birds die every year when they hit windows. Take steps to cut the risk of a window collision, and you could save an unwanted repair bill, as well as an unfortunate animal's life.