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Old 05-15-2016, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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For THREE FULL DAYS a crazy bird has been banging into our windows. He is gray with a red beak which might be blood from all the banging. He flutters and flaps over and over again, then he goes to perch in a tree. At first we thought he was teasing our cats who were on the back of chairs INSIDE simply looking outside. The cats started chirping and getting excited and all fluffy. Then the cats went to their napping tower by other windows and the crazy bird followed them. Then we noticed he was doing it do the window over the sink where no cats could be seen.

What on earth is going on? Someone suggested he sees the reflections of trees in the windows and is trying to land but that doesn't make sense cause he flies away and lands on nearby trees. I'm worried about him. Is there anything we can do? We have no window coverings as it is a very private lot with lots of trees.
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Old 05-15-2016, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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He's probably attacking the reflection he sees in the window, thinking it's another bird trying to muscle into his territory. If you can cover the window glass so the reflection goes away, he'll stop.
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:27 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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He's probably attacking the reflection he sees in the window, thinking it's another bird trying to muscle into his territory. If you can cover the window glass so the reflection goes away, he'll stop.
^^^^I agree^^^^
Probably has a nest nearby, and is protecting it's turf.
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:51 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Yep.
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Old 05-15-2016, 01:49 PM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQARLm4Ukro
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:14 PM
 
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Do you have screens you can put in your windows? They cut down on the reflections and protect birds who fly into windows. I leave mine up all year to protect the birds.
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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we do have screens but took them down years ago . I like the look of clear glass, especially since our lot is so wooded. But that might not be a bad idea for the windows which seem to attract this crazy bird. he has been at it since Friday and shows no sign of letting up.!!!!
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:39 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Put up a fake owl, he'll spend his time attacking that instead.
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Old 05-18-2016, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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For THREE FULL DAYS a crazy bird has been banging into our windows. He is gray with a red beak which might be blood from all the banging. He flutters and flaps over and over again, then he goes to perch in a tree. At first we thought he was teasing our cats who were on the back of chairs INSIDE simply looking outside. The cats started chirping and getting excited and all fluffy. Then the cats went to their napping tower by other windows and the crazy bird followed them. Then we noticed he was doing it do the window over the sink where no cats could be seen.

What on earth is going on? Someone suggested he sees the reflections of trees in the windows and is trying to land but that doesn't make sense cause he flies away and lands on nearby trees. I'm worried about him. Is there anything we can do? We have no window coverings as it is a very private lot with lots of trees.
Does the bird do it at a particular time of day? I get it around 4PM.

"It's thought that birds hit windows because they see the landscape—trees, sky, clouds—reflected on the glass surface but do not realize that a hard, transparent surface lies between them and that apparent open space. Panicking birds, fleeing for cover to escape predators, are even more likely to fly into windows. A related problem—more annoying than lethal—occurs when birds attack windows. It usually occurs in spring, and is due to birds' urge to defend breeding territories. The male cardinal pecking at your window is fighting what he perceives as an intruding male—he doesn't understand that it's his own reflection. This territorial reaction may be so strong that the bird may exhaust himself, but it usually doesn't result in fatal injury."

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAbou.../document_view
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Old 05-18-2016, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Thanks Laura. Very Interesting.
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