The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: People who Live in Glass Houses Should Try to Protect the Birds

People who Live in Glass Houses Should Try to Protect the Birds

Window Decal to Protect BirdsPeople who Live in Glass Houses Should Try to Protect the Birds

One of the best things about the temporary rental that my family and I recently moved into after selling our home is the sun room which is mostly windows (seven pairs of sliding glass doors and windows up high).  It is so nice that my wife has her office out there so she can enjoy watching the birds and the occasional deer that passes by.  However, we did discover a disadvantage shortly after moving in--the birds kept flying into the windows.

Sometimes they are able to fly away immediately, sometimes the wait for a few minutes to get their bearings, but once we had a titmouse that did not make it.  For bird lovers, this is not acceptable.  We headed right out to the Fat Robin, our favorite bird supply store.  They had just the ticket--WindowAlert.  These window decals are attractive (we purchased the maple leaf decals) and are applied using static cling, so you can move them around if needed without leaving any sticky residue. Humans cannot see them as well as the birds can.

So far, they have been very effective until yesterday which was rainy, gloomy, and cloudy--maybe they don't work as well when you have lots of lights on inside when it is pouring rain outside.  During Hurricane Irene we didn't find that out as we had no electricity!

Here is a little Black and White Warbler that was momentarily stunned yesterday.

 Black and White Warbler


Chris K. Canfield


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

2890 E. Skyline Drive, #250

Tucson, Arizona  85718



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Comment balloon 19 commentsChris Canfield • September 08 2011 05:07PM


Hi Chris - Thanks for posting this - we have a lot of big windows and are always getting a lot of bird strikes, so I will definitely be checking out window alert.
Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 8 years ago

Chris ~ great idea! I found one poor little bird who crashed into our french doors, this sounds like a great idea to prevent another accident. I love my backyard birds!

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Hi Dick - Glad to be of service to the birds of Colorado! 

Hi Diane - I actually took down my bird feeders while we searched for a solution.  I didn't want to do anything to draw them closer to the house.

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Chris,

Thanks for this information.  We seem to have birds fly into our windows too and besides making me jump, it can really hurt a bird.  We have a cardinal die shortly after hitting our basketball rack once.  I will look for the decals for our sunroom.


Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) almost 8 years ago

You make an excellent point, Chris!  I have a 12 foot sliding glass door on the back of my house.  Just yesterday a Morning Dove flew into it.  It seemed none the worse for wear and tear after a minute or two.  But, it certainly couldn't have been a comfortable experience for the bird.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 8 years ago

I have a huge window in the front room of my house...  Probably 20 feet high and even longer left to right...  Kinda lets in the heat and cold...  But I like it

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) almost 8 years ago

Chris....My mom and dad have the same problem......I've watched fly into the glass a hundred times.
Hope you have a great weekend!---Rob

Go Vols!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Chris.

Many times when it rains they find shelter inside my screened porch...

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) almost 8 years ago

Good post, Chris.  Evidently, millions of birds die each year as they crash into windows.  Retail merchants with large display windows also have to pick up dead birds.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.  Be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments.

 Life is good!

Kentlands Photograph by Roy Kelley.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 8 years ago

Chris - I need to look for those Window Alerts. We had a dove fly into one of high windows and he left an impression on the window. I had a dove outline for several weeks till I could get up there and clean the pane. I felt so bad; looked all over to see if there was a bird that was stunned so I could help but couldn't find it. We have it happen a lot.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Chris,

This little bird is so cute and so unusual. I am so glad it is alright now. I had never heard of Window Alerts. I remember years ago my mom had to put ugly owl stickers on the sliding glass doors to keep guest from walking through it. Same kind of idea; just a decal that reminds people to beware of the glass.

Thanks for telling me about them. We must do what we can to protect the birds and other wildlife.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Now why didn't I invent those little maple leaves? LOL

The home my family lived in when I was five had windows around the upper walls in the living room and dining room. Birds were always flying into those windows and knocking themselves out. That was my first experience with trying to help our little friends make it in the human-dominated world.

Posted by Not a real person over 7 years ago

That's very nice of you to alert the birds about the windows.  I like that you can move them around as needed.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 7 years ago

Chris where have you been?  Hope all is well!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 7 years ago

Great suggestion, Chris.  Sometimes bird fly into our patio doors.

Enjoy the season of Thanksgiving and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments.

Red and Gold Chrysanthemum

The Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens always provides opportunities to enjoy and photograph the Autumn Flowers on display.  Photograph by Dolores Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 Camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago

Hi Chris, A great post about glass not mixing well with our feathered friends.  You did get a great close up of that warbler though.  Hope he/she is okay.  Hopefully there have not been many more hits to your windows.

Hope you are doing well in your new situation. 

You take care.

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 7 years ago

I once worked at a company whose glass in the building was reflective and they had alot of birds flying in them. Sad to see such a thing and did not know such window decals existed. Thank you for that Chris!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 7 years ago

Chris, window decals sound like a great idea. I don't know if we need those as I've never seen bird residue on the windows or the decks

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

These decals seem to work best in sunny weather.  We have had a lot of gloomy days this fall, and it seems a bird or two hits the glass every week.  Very sad, but most are able to fly away afterward.

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

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