I don't see where shooting the window out is the right solution. I am suprised you did not recommend smearing the window with bacon grease, the obvious solution. Stops the birds and gives you something to lick at the same time. Your slipping up Hambone.
Right now I have at least one real hawk working my back yard.
It's something about the clean window with glass on the other side of the house, like they see through it and think it's open. I know you can put tape on to help.
I'm going to try the bacon grease first though.
The hawk may be what is causing them to hit the window in panic. Do you have screens or blinds that you can draw. I get bird strikes occasionally on a few of my windows. But these are usually after they have helped themselves to the slightly narcotic "beauty berries" (Callicarpa americana) in my yard.
I think part of the problem is the birds are seeing the reflection of whatever is in your yard; trees, shrubs,.the sky?...etc. rather than trying to fly into your house. Yup,.scared by a hawk swooping at them will cause them to hit a window. They have those black silouettes of a flying hawks. You could draw and cut one out from black paper for fifty cents and tape to window. Shiny reflective party ribbons hanging in front of window?
There are also film images that aren't stickers, they just adhere and can easily be moved. The ones I have are nearly invisible but are highly visible in a part of, I believe, the UV spectrum just beyond our sight range that birds can see. The ones I have are a couple butterflies. They really don't bug us much and the bird impacts have really decreased. Something like this.
Birds will splat windows for a few reasons; the ones where they really peg into it are usually because they don't see it. They'll also try to fight off what they feel is an interloper into their territory (their reflection).
Also not having housplants right inside the window (I know, where else would you put them) can also help, or partially closing blinds.
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