Reducing Bird Strikes: DIY Birdsavers Project

Zen Window Curtains
Zen Window Curtains

Most of the time, adult birds are very coordinated and avoid flying into things, but the clear hard windows we put all over our buildings can cause them problems. Reflections in windows can give the appearance of a clear route to fly, especially to a bird who is trying to get away from a predator in a panic.

You get a sick feeling in your gut when you hear the thump of a bird hitting the glass hard. Bird strikes can injure and even kill birds and we’ve seen both. When you feed birds, you are drawing even more birds near to your house and its windows. As a responsible bird watcher, you do what you can to reduce strikes. With that in mind, I looked for an inexpensive solution that also doesn’t obscure our view out through the window.
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A Common Yellowthroat Warbler Visit

Young Male Common Yellowthroat Warbler
Young Male Common Yellowthroat Warbler in the Sage

Here in Maryland, we seem to be at the very end of the annual fall warbler migration. There are still a few stragglers around but most seem to have already passed through on their way to warmer winter quarters well to the south.

Yesterday though, I was sitting on my back step watching the birds in the backyard and came across this little Common Yellowthroat. He had faint black patches on his cheeks, so I think he is a young male who hasn’t gotten his full dark black mask yet.

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