Poor little woodpecker

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by birdlover, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    My dh and I were watching tv this evening when a little hairy woodpecker (or downy - I get them mixed up) flew into our sliding glass door and down he went! He landed on his back, kicked his little legs, wings fluttered a bit and then it was all over. Blood came from his beak; guess he had internal injuries and/or broke his neck. Does anybody know how to keep birds from flying into sliding glass doors? This has happened before and I want it stopped!~!

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Well, the most effective way is to put like stickers or things that obscure the clearness of the glass. Lessens the chance but doesn't stop it completely. Only way to do that would be to make your window look like it is not clear or reflective.
  3. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    One thing that is almost guaranteed to work is very light, 'sheer' curtains. Something that you can still mostly see through, is attractive, lets light in, but is a "gauze" kind of fabric.

    Alternatively, some people swear by hawk shaped stickers.

    Here is a website you can take a peek at;

    Looks informative to me.

  4. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    One of the easiest things you can do is let your windows get really dirty. When there dirty they dont reflect the trees or lawn so birds wont be attracted to potential perch's. if nothing else its one less thing to worry about cleaning and its could save a little birdy life.
  5. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Quote:[​IMG] This is my favorite answer so far ! [​IMG] I can do this one with no problem.actually....already did it [​IMG]
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Poor little Pip...We've had sparrows and robins crash into the windows too, but usually when they're being chased by a hawk...
  7. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Quote:well!! Now I know why I Dont have any birds flying into my wondows!![​IMG] [​IMG]

    A few years ago we had a robin, who always made a nest on the outdoor light off the back deck. It was great, cause we could see the babies as they gre up. But Mrs. Rbin would constantly Attack the glass doors! Starting at about 6am she would start attacking the glass, we assumed it was because she would see her reflection and thought it was another bird! So one day I had had enough after dealing with Mrs. Robin for about 4 years, I wnt and put a poster in the window. Fixed the problem very quickly! and she hasnt come back since! She now uses the empty Hay loft in the barn.
  8. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Oohh, these are some great ideas, guys! Thanks! I especially like the dirty window one! [​IMG] I'll give some of these ideas a try. Thanks again!

  9. Hotwings

    Hotwings Songster

    Jan 27, 2007
    southwestern Michigan
    I love woodpeckers. We only have the downy kind here. It is interesting he died running into a window. The woodpeckers are little jackhamnmers of nature and must have extremely hard heads to drill all those holes.
  10. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    I keep my blinds closed most of the time, we're never home anyway, it keeps the house cooler as well as helping to prevent those birds flying into the glass.... (we've had about two or three birds do that)

    OH and the windows are DIRTY as well...[​IMG]

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