Past lunch time, I heard a loud impact noise coming from the glass window. I ran out to find this poor beautiful bird gasping for his breaths. I carefully picked the stunted bird and gently placed it in a butterfly pavilon. Minutest later the bird recovered, I offered the little thing some water, and will release it back to the wild momentarily as he will show signs of fully recovery...
Time to let 'Hope' once again spread her wings. A group of Waxwings all in a sudden reappeared to the backyard, as if they were missing Hope's presence, and had returned to re-claim her back to the flock.
I fancied this maybe Hope took one long look at the gardener who's just released her. Or could that be her parent who's pleading me to put up some warning guards on the window to prevent future accidents.
It's such awesome to witness such beauty in the wild. Another flock of Cedar Waxwings passed by my garden this morning. I'd like to think that Hope was within the flock. Ironically, in years past. I had found one Waxwing that didn't survive the impact. That was my very discovery of this almost mysterious looking birds and learning of their common name 'Cedar Waxwing' then. Of the years that I've lived here. There were only handful of birds that collided with the glass windows. One is enough, however. I'm on a quest to provide a better environment for these beautiful birds and other wildlife in the garden. Thanks all for reading.
Oh, I am so glad the bird recovered. We don't see these beauties by our place often. Our last bird to hit a window was a Black-capped Chickadee. It recovered while I was holding it in a towel. I moved slightly and off it went... into the dining room. It found a window. It was fluttering against it, so opening the window was all it took to get it out.
I've not heard of the reflector guard- I'll look online, but we use ABC bird tape and discovered this winter we will need to place more up on windows we learned we have a problem with. I felt caged in for awhile, but got used to it and I can photograph around it. http://abcbirdtape.org/collisions.html
Thank you Chillybean for the recommendation. That's I've to say is a little impractical for my situation. I've seen other methods that were used effectively to protect birds from flying into glass windows. I'll have to do some more research. Thanks again.
I hope you find something suitable. :) We found this to be the best we've tried so far, though even the site says it is not 100%. We used various clings and still had some deaths. I thought about hanging streamers as some have recommended, but my husband does not like that idea.
We've had birds hit the screen parts of our windows, but the impact seems to be less with the cushion. I need to research into windows with texture as we will be replacing some this spring.
I wish there was a fool-proof solution. We have windows and it's harming the birds we enjoy. :(
The site where I read this mentioned neon orange, if I remember. It was some wild color. I think they were just plastic strips. There's also the mylar "tape" that people use on top of bluebird houses to deter house sparrows. I am not sure how to attach them though.