I moved the location of the feeders to be away from the windows and that helped quite a bit but I still had a few per summer. That I knew about anyways, I assume that it was more. Last summer I tried attaching bird scare tape, a type of reflective streamer, to the outside of the windows. It would flap in the wind and I was hoping it would alert the birds. While sitting in the backyard one day, I saw a beautiful evening grosbeak hit the window that had a streamer so I knew that it wasn't working. The injured bird stayed in the cedar bushes for a couple hours, it seemed alert and finally flew away. I was so thankful it seemed to be okay but I knew that I needed a better solution.
Research showed that birds won't fly through vertical spaces 4" or smaller so this year I decided to go with ABC Bird Tape by the American Bird Conservancy. It's a tape you stick to the outside of your windows every 4" and allows birds to see that there's a window. You can still see out the window and it alerts the birds. I spent about a week putting it on most of the windows. I still have to figure out how to do the second floor windows that don't have a first floor roof to stand on. Here's hoping this solution works, I believe it will just by looking at the windows. I also added some maple leaf bird avoidance decals to the sugar shack windows after finding a dead bird there.
|A box of the bird tape|
|Paris, one of my cats, supervising from the safety of the screened-in porch|
|Before picture of the window showing the ineffective scare tape I tried last summer|
|After picture using bird tape|
|Applying the bird tape to the kitchen nook area|