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Old January 31 2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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A bird flew into my window.

I mean INTO the window. The window being closed at the time.

I was at the computer and heard a huge BOOM, then silence. I got up, opened the front door, and saw a pigeon fly off, losing lots of those little soft feathers. I looked at my window and saw a circular smudge with a bit of blood.

What the hell was that bird doing flying INTO a window? What, did it not see the house sitting there?

Anybody else have this happen or know why a bird would do this?
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Old January 31 2013, 01:56 AM   #2
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

^ Maybe it saw its reflection and thought it was another bird.
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Old January 31 2013, 01:57 AM   #3
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

I really have no idea why they would do that, I hope it's okay. Did anyone else immediately start singing "come to my window" when they read the thread title? Just me?
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Old January 31 2013, 02:03 AM   #4
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

Well, at least the bird didn't try to "crawl inside" and "wait by the light of the moon."


And I'm not sure how it could see a reflection. The mark left and the sound both imply it came at a pretty good speed. Stupid bird!
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Old January 31 2013, 02:21 AM   #5
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

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I mean INTO the window. The window being closed at the time.

I was at the computer and heard a huge BOOM, then silence. I got up, opened the front door, and saw a pigeon fly off, losing lots of those little soft feathers. I looked at my window and saw a circular smudge with a bit of blood.

What the hell was that bird doing flying INTO a window? What, did it not see the house sitting there?

Anybody else have this happen or know why a bird would do this?
Is there another window in the same room, on an opposite or adjacent wall, or a doorway through which another window can be seen?

What can happen is that the bird sees daylight on the other side of a darker area, doesn't see that there's a glass barrier, and thinks the room is simply a space which it can fly through. Just closing a window blind or door might be all it takes; hanging something easily-visible in the center of the window may also discourage bird/window collisions.

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See also:
http://eartheasy.com/blog/2010/02/9-...ow-collisions/
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Old January 31 2013, 02:25 AM   #6
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

^[ETA:Seems I was a bit late with this:]

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What the hell was that bird doing flying INTO a window? What, did it not see the house sitting there?
Sure it saw the house -but the thing about windows is that they're -transparent! -Birds don't know about glass, you see, and that's why most places with large windows have silhouettes of birds of prey glued onto them; it scares away other birds from the transparent areas


I've only had that experience once -and had to go out and kill the poor thing as it had a broken wing from the impact
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Old January 31 2013, 02:36 AM   #7
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

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Sure it saw the house -but the thing about windows is that they're -transparent! -Birds don't know about glass, you see, and that's why most places with large windows have silhouettes of birds of prey glued onto them; it scares away other birds from the transparent areas
I've never seen those silhouettes
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Old January 31 2013, 02:40 AM   #8
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

^Hmm... see the link M'Sharak provided

Obviously it has to do with the quality of the glass; in certain climates it is more normal to have tinted glass -which a bird might see as impervious.
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Old January 31 2013, 02:57 AM   #9
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

^You said most places with big windows have those....yet I haven't seen one
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Old January 31 2013, 02:58 AM   #10
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

Spot's Meow wrote: View Post
I really have no idea why they would do that, I hope it's okay. Did anyone else immediately start singing "come to my window" when they read the thread title? Just me?
I didn't start singing come to my window, but the first thought that came to my mind was that this sounded just like the Windex commercials.

propita, were the blinds on the window that the bird flew into open or closed? Are there windows on any of the others walls in the same room that had open blinds/drapes? As M'Sharak pointed out, if the bird can see daylight through it, then it doesn't know that the surface is impervious.

Most outside windows here are tinted anymore, so I don't hear about this happening much, but it does happen from time to time.
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Old January 31 2013, 03:02 AM   #11
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

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^You said most places with big windows have those....yet I haven't seen one
Might be a geographical/cultural thing then... We didn't use to have those here -but only a few years after I noticed it spreading through Germany, I also noticed it appearing up here.

And I didn't mean just 'big windows', but giant windows, like whole façades made out of glass!
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Old January 31 2013, 03:20 AM   #12
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

Maybe this was a warning of things to come?





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Birds don't know about glass, you see, and that's why most places with large windows have silhouettes of birds of prey glued onto them; it scares away other birds from the transparent areas
I've never seen those silhouettes
I've neither seen nor heard of such a thing. It sounds like something you'd find in England. Everyone knows the Brits care more about animals than they do about people.
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Old January 31 2013, 03:24 AM   #13
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

i estimate hundreds of birds have killed themselves on my parents house massive windows. luckily its always tiny birds, reckon a seagull might do some damage. should suggest the silhouette thing. never heard of it before.
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Old January 31 2013, 03:26 AM   #14
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

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/.../ should suggest the silhouette thing.
It is a low-cost thing to do - and even simpler than regularly having to pick up dead birds.
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Maybe this was a warning of things to come?

Isn't birds flying into window-panes a sign of the apocalypse?


And here I am, thinking the 2013-apocalypse being about zombies

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I've neither seen nor heard of such a thing. It sounds like something you'd find in England. Everyone knows the Brits care more about animals than they do about people.
Or maybe the Brits don't like going to places where the view is of a nice garden filled with dead and dying birds
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Old January 31 2013, 04:47 AM   #15
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Re: A bird flew into my window.

A not-so-smart pigeon flew into a window during one of my classes back at the University. The classroom was very quiet at the time so the noise seemed too loud. I remember actually seeing the bird sliding down the window - maybe it fainted or something?

Another time, when I was doing my MSc and had an office, another pigeon flew in from the open window. The whole wall was covered in windows and they were all open except from a small narrow one on the far right side of the wall. Imagine where did the pigeon try to exit from for a couple of times before finally getting out.
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