protecting birds

Migrating birds are often victims of smashing into windows and either stunning or killing themselves. Last week, two juncos met their death because of our windows. The birds that are around most of the year seem to know better. Today, a beautiful Cedar Waxwing, my first of the season, knocked himself silly on the window and was just sitting two feet from our patio doors, unmoving. I watched him for several minutes to see if he were okay. When he still didn’t move, I slowly opened the door to see if I could help him. Luckily, he had come around enough to fly into the nearby maple tree.

If you find an unconscious bird, whose neck is not broken, place it in a small box with soft cloths and the lid on. Even when it wakes up, keep the lid on, put it outside for several more minutes, so it can get used to the cold temperatures again, then take the lid off and let it fly.

Hang brightly-colored ribbon or even CD discs (something shiny) from cotton string or fishing line outside in front of the windows. Often this will be enough to warn to birds away.

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3 thoughts on “protecting birds

  1. “Hang brightly-colored ribbon or even CD discs (something shiny) from cotton string or fishing line outside in front of the windows. Often this will be enough to warn to birds away.”

    Very clever, never would have thought of that!

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