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Old 02-10-2018, 11:35 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ~🌄 ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️🌄~
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Here is something that works for this problem. On the inside of the glass slider / windows stick up black paper silhouettes of birds of prey in flight. The birds will see the silhouettes and think they're real raptors silhouetted against the sky tracking them and they'll stay away from the glass.

One of the universities here had such a bad problem with birds attacking their reflections in big skylights and windows that some of the birds were killing themselves from dive bombing the glass. The university put up the black paper silhouettes of hawks in flight and the birds immediately stopped attacking the glass. Problem solved.

I've used this technique myself for some of the silly robins and sparrows that have attacked their reflections in my windows. It works like a charm. After the birds have finished their nesting and brood raising you can take down the paper silhouettes if you want and save them to put up again next spring.

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Old 02-11-2018, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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Here is something that works for this problem. On the inside of the glass slider / windows stick up black paper silhouettes of birds of prey in flight. The birds will see the silhouettes and think they're real raptors silhouetted against the sky tracking them and they'll stay away from the glass.

One of the universities here had such a bad problem with birds attacking their reflections in big skylights and windows that some of the birds were killing themselves from dive bombing the glass. The university put up the black paper silhouettes of hawks in flight and the birds immediately stopped attacking the glass. Problem solved.

I've used this technique myself for some of the silly robins and sparrows that have attacked their reflections in my windows. It works like a charm. After the birds have finished their nesting and brood raising you can take down the paper silhouettes if you want and save them to put up again next spring.

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I'll have to give that a try.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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We have had wild turkeys peck against our downstairs windows for hours. It amazed me that none ever broke a window; but it isn't a hard peck. The wild turkeys do get pretty large.

You can get a relatively cheap bird/deer netting from HD or Lowes and cut off enough of the 7'X100' roll to hang in front of your window. Just staple it or tape it to the top of the window. If I remember correctly I think that it is about $20 for the roll.
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:25 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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"Here is something that works for this problem. On the inside of the glass slider / windows stick up black paper silhouettes of birds of prey in flight. The birds will see the silhouettes and think they're real raptors silhouetted against the sky tracking them and they'll stay away from the glass".

You can also buy a cheap plastic or clay bird of prey decoy, like a hawk, falcon or an owl, and put it up on the corner of the fence or a post. Birds wont come near anymore. I happen to like it. This time of year (it was 75° today and they were out) and coming spring they do go nuts looking for a partner.
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:01 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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"Here is something that works for this problem. On the inside of the glass slider / windows stick up black paper silhouettes of birds of prey in flight. The birds will see the silhouettes and think they're real raptors silhouetted against the sky tracking them and they'll stay away from the glass".

You can also buy a cheap plastic or clay bird of prey decoy, like a hawk, falcon or an owl, and put it up on the corner of the fence or a post. Birds wont come near anymore. I happen to like it. This time of year (it was 75° today and they were out) and coming spring they do go nuts looking for a partner.
Actually these don't work too well over time because some smarter birds realize the decoy never moves or reacts when approached. Many aggressively territorial birds like jays, mockingbirds, and crows will just mob the decoy endlessly which is also rather annoying! Sometimes hanging strips of reflective material such as mylar from a trellis or porch roof will keep them away. It flutters in the slightest breeze so its unpredictable and the bright flashy reflection bothers the birds.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Actually these don't work too well over time because some smarter birds realize the decoy never moves or reacts when approached. Many aggressively territorial birds like jays, mockingbirds, and crows will just mob the decoy endlessly which is also rather annoying! Sometimes hanging strips of reflective material such as mylar from a trellis or porch roof will keep them away. It flutters in the slightest breeze so its unpredictable and the bright flashy reflection bothers the birds.
We have two plastic owls without eyes! They were mobbed by the crows and I don't even know where the eyes got to? Now they are ignored; I guess the birds know that the stupid, dumb, blind, plastic owl isn't going to hurt anybody!

I also have two plastic snakes without heads! I tried those on our blueberries to keep away the birds. Unfortunately the hawks like the heads of rubber snakes!

In general wildlife is afraid of anything new. If you sit a cardboard box in a deer path at first they will detour around the box; but they learn the box will not hurt them. I have watched deer come close to a neighbor's dog that use to be chained (not anymore). But the deer knew how close they could get before they had to fear the dog. I have also watched deer peacefully eat downrange of a firing line with bullets flying over their heads - they knew they were 'safe' and had grown accustomed to the shooting.
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Old 02-18-2018, 08:56 AM
 
Location: equator
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Actually these don't work too well over time because some smarter birds realize the decoy never moves or reacts when approached. Many aggressively territorial birds like jays, mockingbirds, and crows will just mob the decoy endlessly which is also rather annoying! Sometimes hanging strips of reflective material such as mylar from a trellis or porch roof will keep them away. It flutters in the slightest breeze so its unpredictable and the bright flashy reflection bothers the birds.

I finally settled on these reflective "ribbons" that scatter the light, so disrupt the reflection the birds are seeing in the window. It is frosted glass so can't put anything on the inside. We'll see how these work, tied to the totally useless spikes. If anyone buys these spikes, make sure they are VERY close together, and not so tall that the birds can grip them with their feet. What a joke!
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