why do birds pick at window screens

Birds sometimes attack windows and especially tinted glass, by pecking or striking them. This is usually because they can see their own reflection, and think it is a challenger for their territory.

Birds such as the Laughing Kookaburra, Little Raven, Grey Butcherbird and the Australian Magpie-lark have been seen to do this.

Birds may dive at a window because they can see another window through the glass and think that there is a clear flight path to travel through.

It can be quite distressing when birds hit against your windows. They can injure or stun themselves and leave themselves vulnerable to predators and can even damage fly screens or windows.

But there is a lot you can do to stop birds from attacking your windows, so that you can live happily side by side.

DEAR JOAN: Birds have been ruthlessly removing fibers from my second-floor window screens for the past few months. My screens are made of a material that resembles thread rather than metal.

Despite my repeated attempts to frighten them away with tapping on the windows, they are incredibly persistent and do not go away easily. Walking around the neighborhood, I’ve noticed similar damage to surrounding homes.

A small bird hit a window of our house. I’m thinking it was being chased. When I went outside to see how it was doing, I noticed a big black bird—that resembled a large crow—standing over it and taking it in its beak. It then flew off with the small bird. It was difficult to determine at that point whether the tiny bird was still alive.

You can simply hang something reflective near your windows to deter them from coming in; it will move with the wind. This could be old CDs or a Mylar balloon that is firmly tethered to prevent it from flying away. AOL discs, which came in the mail three times a week, were excellent deterrents for birds.

DEAR RON: I’m so relieved that you don’t rely on crows to provide emergency medical transport because, in reality, the complete opposite was occurring.

However, there are several things you can do to prevent birds from pecking at your windows, allowing you to coexist peacefully.

Because they can see another window through the glass and believe there is a clear flight path to follow, birds may dive at windows.

The noise that birds make against your windows can be very upsetting. They have the ability to hurt or stun themselves, expose themselves to predators, and even break windows or fly screens.

This behavior has been observed in a number of birds, including the Australian Magpie-lark, Little Raven, Grey Butcherbird, and Laughing Kookaburra.

Sometimes birds will peck or hit windows, especially ones with tinted glass. Usually, this is because they perceive their reflection as a rival for their territory because they can see it.