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Old 07-18-2011, 07:59 PM   #1
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cardinal2 Help! Crashing Birds!

I have been having problems with cardinals (especially the females!), mature ones so far---crashing into my big living room window. It is the only place I can keep pot plants and it looks like a safe place to dive into.
Right now, I have big pieces of white paper taped up there to deter this activity, but it looks pretty tacky. Do any of you know about any stickies that are not too unattractive that will work, or a suggestion of something I can do to discourage this behavior, other than removing my pot plants? Any links would also be appreciated...
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:10 PM   #2
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Pot plants? Um, well, there are places online that sell window decals that are meant to keep birds from crashing into windows Window Decals, Bird Feeders, Bird Bath And Bird Houses At Windowalert , Bird Window Collision Decals, Prevents Birds From Striking Windows, Bird Anti-Collision Window Decals at Songbird Garden , Avoiding Window Collisions and Bird Strikes at Wild Birds Forever There is bound to be a great deal of info online about it.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:38 PM   #3
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Hang a hawk kite in the window. That works really well!
Cut outs of tropical birds and butterflies found in the party goods area in a store are printed two sided and work at keeping them away if you don't mind looking at toucans and parrots.
Can they see THROUGH to another window in the vicinity...Perhaps they are seeing it as a direct path between? Close the other drape.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:02 AM   #4
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I would recommend the stained glass art that hangs on a small chain as they are brightly colored and will really dress up the living room with the patterns that are available and the sun shining through them is uplifting. I bought mine from the Nature.Org website of a butterfly but I'd hang the hawk kite first like havalotta said...Get the birds used to the window being a danger zone. Also I recall you said you had birdbaths, Study flight patterns and perhaps moving 1 will help. Finally perhaps they are being chased, I saw a hawk stalking the bird feeder and shooed her off. At the same time I heard the thunk of a bird hitting the window. I don't know how tough cardinals are but they did autopsies on cooper hawks and found they run into things all the time.
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I would recommend the stained glass art that hangs on a small chain as they are brightly colored and will really dress up the living room with the patterns that are available and the sun shining through them is uplifting.
Plus, they are really trippy.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:34 PM   #6
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All the ideas are great, thanks for the links, Hedgerowe! I will probably use a combination of approaches. Another opportunity to shop!
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Pot plants?
Me so dumb! Here I was reading it as "potted plants".

(Maybe naive would be a better word choice.)
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:53 PM   #8
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Whut's de mattah, caint u read TexAN? Crack me up, I could get thrown in the hoosegow for certain "pot plants" but that's what we call plants in pots down here!
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Whut's de mattah, caint u read TexAN? Crack me up, I could get thrown in the hoosegow for certain "pot plants" but that's what we call plants in pots down here!
Me and my vernacular!
LOL!

I gave you the benefit of a doubt...but thought it odd phrasing...until I read a response or two, then I figured I was just a bit too naive.

Love the creative TexAN spellings!
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:54 AM   #10
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I had a female cardinal crash into my garden window, that sticks out from behind my kitchen sink, second story level because of the slope, and break her neck. It was so sad. I haven't had much luck with the window decals detering birds from striking windows. I'll try the stained glass hanging art. I too like to shop!
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