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How to keep the birds (robin) from hitting my window glass?

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How to keep the birds (robin) from hitting my window glass?

For last few days, the birds (robin) have been flying head on and hitting my window glass all day long.
I see that this may be the mating season that they are defending the territories. They may perceive their own reflection in glass as a competing male, and attack it repeatedly in an attempt to drive the intruder off.

They make such annoying noise and may crack my window glass, or hurt themselves in the process.

Covering up the windows is difficult for the 2nd floor windows.

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Unless you live in Europe, that is not the bird hitting your windows. Image This is our robin, the American Robin. There's not much that I know that can be done. You're correct, it's a male being territorial. We once came home and found our window covered in blood. It looked like a crime scene. I later saw the Robin and his beak was in terrible shape from beating the window. It will probably last for a few weeks. The only thing would be to cover the window from the outside to block the reflection.

I'm convinced that this is where the expression "bird brain" comes from!
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Maybe some decals on the window or a fake owl to place near it could help.
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We have a large living room window, 14' across and it was constantly getting hit by birds so last year I hung up a medium size wind chime outside. The chime hangs down about two feet below the top of the window and about four or five feet out from it.
So far there's been no dead birds to pick up.
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cmackie wrote:
Apr 17th, 2017 5:37 pm
Maybe some decals on the window or a fake owl to place near it could help.
Do this. Stick some round stickers on the window so the bird will be able to know that something is there and not to crash into it since birds don't really see the clear glass.
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The Ontario Science Centre and other buildings with large windows have silhouette stickers to keep birds from crashing in to the windows.

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Free birds? And you want rid of them? What kind of anti-RFD guy is this?
Gbill2004: Thanks but I'll just smell the couch before/if I buy it.

jonnyb: I go in there like PICASSO and toss the glue everywhere, I don't care what house I'm on.
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OP isn't having problems with birds crashing into his windows, but rather one seeing it's reflection, likely from a perch, and trying to chase it away. Decals or silhouettes won't work unless the bird can't see it's reflection. We've had robins do this many times and they usually return to the exact same spot, see their own reflection and try to chase it away. There's little chance that a robin can generate enough force to break a window, but they will make it filthy.
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A silhouette may still keep them away. Or just put a stuffed falcon behind the window :P Or maybe a cat :)
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Could try some type of ribbon, inside or out. You need something to break that clear reflection they see. To them it is open air.
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We've hung strips of holographic wrapping paper and I've heard of hanging old CDs. The reflectiveness of either product makes the birds wary.
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Got a dead robin that ran into my window today. Disappointed Face
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bubuski wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 5:45 pm
Got a dead robin that ran into my window today. Disappointed Face
My mother hangs plastic stained glass stuff the kids make (think shrinky dinks) in the windows at the cottage and that deters bird strikes.
Gbill2004: Thanks but I'll just smell the couch before/if I buy it.

jonnyb: I go in there like PICASSO and toss the glue everywhere, I don't care what house I'm on.

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