Did you know that half of the birds that fly into windows die from the trauma? When birds see a window, the reflection of the sky or nearby foliage might look like clear sailing, but windows are death traps. Nearly 1 billion birds die every year after colliding with windows. A knowledgeable Houston glass company knows how to help birds avoid your windows.
Why Birds Collide with Windows
In the daytime, birds fly into windows because they see a reflection, or they see through the glass and notice plants or flowers on the other side. Night flyers tend to fly into illuminated windows that are protruding into their airspace. For some unknown reason, the light from Houston residential glass diverts the nocturnal travelers from their original path. They might collide with the glass or with each other in foggy or low-ceiling conditions. During mating season, birds attack their own reflections, which they believe are rivals.
Tips to Prevent Collisions
- Place netting or screening outside the window. Make sure it is tight and at least 3 inches from the glass so that it can absorb the impact of a collision.
- Keep bird feeders or baths within 3 feet of any problematic windows. Then, the birds cannot reach top speed after eating or bathing.
- Keep the slats on vertical blinds halfway closed.
- Cover the glass with a one-way film that is transparent from the inside and appears opaque on the outside.
How to Help a Wounded Bird
If you find a dazed bird on the ground, you can help it.
Examine the bird without touching it. If it seems to be unharmed, try placing it on a tree branch. If it can remain on the branch without assistance, leave it there to recover. Should there be an obvious injury, take it to a wildlife rehabilitator immediately. Birds with broken bones need to get medical attention quickly so that their bones heal correctly.
If the bird is unconscious, gently put it in a cardboard box that has air holes. Refrain from handling it, and check its condition every 30 minutes. When it has revived, take it outside and open the box. If it flies away, you have done your job. Repeat this process for a maximum of 2 hours. If it is still breathing after that, take it to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Northwest Glass & Mirror can help to prevent birds from flying into your windows. Contact us at 281-463-7801. We are experts at replacing or installing Houston residential mirrors, windows, doors, shower enclosures or any type of glass project.