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    Birds fighting with window.

    Last week the Baltimore Oriole was fighting with his reflection in the window. I put in the screen and he stopped because his reflection was no longer there. This morning there are a male and female Bluebird sitting on the AC in the window and fighting with the reflection.

    Has anyone had this problem and how did you solve it. They are actually scratching the window with their "attacks".

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    Tape a large picture of a cat to the window? Put one of owl sculpture on a stick outside the window but that will scare off all the birds I think.

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    We had the same thing one time and we streched fishing line across the window. Our window had clips to hold the storm panel so we used those to hold it. It did help some they were at the bedroom window and were waking us up.

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    Oh dear. I hope you can get it stopped. Earlier this Spring there was a robin that thumped against the garage window for a good week or more. I didn't do anything about it because the window is up really high.
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    We had a woodpecker that was hitting a metal drain pipe for about a week and a half. It was not in an area we could get to, and it drove us crazy because it started very early in the morning.

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    1. Tape a piece of paper - a magazine page, newspaper, post-it notes - on the OUTSIDE of the window during the spring mating season. The reflection of themselves causes birds to believe they are fighting off other birds from their territory. Taping onto the OUTSIDE of the window eliminates reflection, whereas taping onto the inside of the window does not.

    2. Or....Hang pieces of silvery ribbon streamers from the top of the window (OUTSIDE, again) where they can twist in the breeze and scare off the birds. (Might even help with flies, a bonus!)

    3. Or....if you don't want either of these, try smearing soap on the outside of the window to dull the reflections. Of course, you'll have to repeat the soap application every time it rains during the spring.

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    They some times fly into a window, sometimes they don't survive it. I feel bad but don't know how to stop it. Doesn't happen real often.
    I get tired of them being attracted to the chrome on my side mirrors on my truck and relieving themselves on it and the side of the driver's door.
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    I had a robin trying to fly into my patio door and another one trying to fly into my spare bedroom window. I thought perhaps it thought the sweater I had lying on the bed that had beads on it were attracting it because they looked like seeds. At first, I thought it was cute, then I noticed how much it had pooped on my chairs in the process - and it wasn't cute any more! Last year, we had a problem with flickers. They are like woodpeckers. They kept pecking just below the eaves of our house into the stucco. I kept trying to run them off, scare them off, etc. It was impossible. They pecked several holes in our stucco. I was frantic! I read online that they don't like hot pepper taste, so we soaked cloths in jalapeno juice and stuck it in the holes until we could get the stucco repaired this Spring. Repair costs were nearly $1,000. Praise the Lord, we haven't seen any this year, so I'm hoping they've decided not to return. Consequently, if you see flickers or woodpeckers, run them off because they can do extreme damage to your home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    They some times fly into a window, sometimes they don't survive it. I feel bad but don't know how to stop it. Doesn't happen real often.
    I get tired of them being attracted to the chrome on my side mirrors on my truck and relieving themselves on it and the side of the driver's door.
    Jingle, I once had a problem with cardinals flying into my rear view mirrors on my car, and making quite a mess! I got two brown paper sacks and slipped over the mirrors when the car was not in use. I removed the sacks a couple of weeks later, and the birds never returned.

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    I went to the Dollar Tree store and bought small wind chimes. I added fishing string to bring them down to the middle of each window the birds could see their reflections in. The tinkling of the chimes got them moving and not one was hurt.

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    It's mating season and the birds are defending their territory. If you find a full page magazine picture of a human face and tape it showing outward, the birds will stop. Used to have this problem all the time, and this stopped it immediately.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I had a robin that made himself bloody whacking into my patio door...even with the drapes drawn, he was still at it..finally out of desperation i cut long tin foil strips and taped them all over the glass..not pretty, but did the trick till he went away! Don't ever want to deal with that again.

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    I have that problem a lot with cardinals. I tape a large picture in the window for awhile and they stop. We are always having doves fly into the windows.

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    Piepatch,
    Thanks for the tip. A sparrow attacked my mirror recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchit123 View Post
    I went to the Dollar Tree store and bought small wind chimes. I added fishing string to bring them down to the middle of each window the birds could see their reflections in. The tinkling of the chimes got them moving and not one was hurt.
    When you buy chimes, make sure they do not have the little clear figures on the bottom. I made that mistake once and it cost me a window. I take them down off the windows in the winter now to avoid the problem
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    I put a CD shiny side out.
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    My mother has sliding glass doors and the birds would fly into the glass so she put a piece of construction paper up (red). Just taped it to the inside. Still had birds crashing into glass so she called me and told me what was happening and what she did. I told her to take the RED paper down and use white. You have to use white or very light. Problem solved.

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    The problem we have with the robins is that she wants to build her nest every year of the front door. I removed the mess every morning and it took weeks to get the hint across. This year she finished the nest before I could catch her and I removed the completed nest using gloves and a cardboard to a nearby tree. She didn't use it of course but she never came back for another try. I think letting her finish it and then moving was the thing that was different. I feel bad about all the work she does but the mess is so bad we can't sit out on the porch with her overhead. We also have a wall of windows in the back of the house and birds thump into them all the time. I can't reach them to do anything about it.
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    We have robins or swallows that always want to use the top of our front porch light as their nesting place. So every year I have to put crumpled foil on top of the light. This year they even used a giant dried hydrangea flower as part of the nest before I got the foil up.
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