【solved】Why does a bird keep pecking at my window

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How do you stop birds from pecking at your house?

If you use netting, make sure it is taut and set at least 3 inches from the siding to avoid birds pecking through it. Close off openings on the sides to prevent birds from becoming trapped between the netting and the house. You may also want to plug the holes with wood putty to discourage further activity.

What does it mean when a bird is pecking at your window?

There are many reasons birds may fly into windows repeatedly. Birds may not realize that there is glass in your window opening. If the window is really clean they may fly towards it not expecting to have their route blocked. This happens occasionally at my home. We will hear a loud thud at the window and find a cute bird laying on the ground looking a little dazed before he flies off again.

However, if the bird is flying into your window because of the reflection then it will aggressively attack the image repeatedly as it attempts to see off the “intruder”.

A bird will fly into the window over and over again because he sees his reflection in the glass and thinks it’s another male in his territory and is trying to attack it. Of course they don’t realize that they are attacking their own reflection and some aggressive males may be relentless, attacking until they accidentally kill themselves by smashing into the glass.

Why is a robin attacking my window?

A. Most robins that repeatedly crash into windows are territorial males. If a male sees his reflection in the glass, he thinks could be another male on his territory. Normally when one male robin intrudes on another’s territory, he skulks around, and flies away when the actual holder of the territory approaches.

Ways to Stop a Bird From Attacking or Pecking at Your Window

  1. Use highlighters to draw a grid on your window: This is the best method. It works immediately and is recommended by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service. Birds can see the highlighting, but it is barely visible to humans.
  2. Cover up the window: You could break up reflections by leaving the window dirty, or by soaping it over, or by using decals. This doesn't really work and stops light from entering the room.
  3. Use stick-on deflectors or shiny objects (old CDs) to break up reflection and distract: Shiny hanging objects aren't very effective, but stick-on deflectors can work and are easy to apply.
  4. Close exterior shades and blinds: This is not really an effective solution as you are sacrificing daylight and views for the sake of preventing birds pecking at the windows.
  5. Shade the window with an awning: This may work as it breaks up reflections, but can be an expensive option.
  6. Install wind-chimes or water-fountain as a distraction: These are fun to have but are not an effective bird deterrent.

Is a Bird Hitting a Window an Omen?

There are many superstitions involving birds. Some people believe that a bird hitting a window brings bad luck. They believe that an avian attack is a warning that there are difficult days ahead, even a death in the family. Other folk have a more positive view of the event. They say that a bird flying into your window will bring good fortune and happier times.

Personally, I don't believe in either of these theories. A bird pecking at your glass or car mirror is a natural event, not an omen, and it happens for the reasons outlined above.

A young Gray Jay repeatedly attacks its own image thinking it is a potential rival.


What can you do?

At first it can be mildly entertaining watching the bird flying around pecking your window but it is not something that you want to encourage over the long term. If you do your best to prevent these window attacks, it is less likely to stress birds out, as they won’t feel there is a predator in their territory.

Here are a few things you can do which might help prevent birds from pecking on your windows.

1. Cover the reflection

If the bird can’t see its reflection, it will have nothing to attack. You don’t need to put unsightly covers over all your windows which block out all the light or stop cleaning your windows so they get a film of dirt over them. All you need is something to act as a simple barrier on or in front of the window

  • Some buildings may already have mesh screens on the outside of the windows and these are good at blocking out any reflection. If you see a bird attacking one of these it is more than likely trying to get bugs from between the gaps.
  • Another option which blocks the reflection and still allows light into the room is to purchase a simple plastic, see-through painters drop cloth or see-through cellophane. Cover the outside of your window with this and it should solve the problem. You could also simply tack it to the outside of the window which will allow it to move with the breeze. Not only will this help block out the reflection, but the movement of the plastic will keep the birds away.
  • Another more decorative option is to place decals on the window. These are a great way to block out reflections and it also adds to the decor of the room. There are so many great designs out there that you’re sure to find something you love, and some of these can be very easily removed if you no longer want them.
  • One very original option is to use a simple fluorescent highlighter pen. You may think that drawing on your window with these will prove to be very unsightly, but you’re wrong. When used on a window, these are very difficult for the human eye to detect due to the pigment used in them. Birds, however, see them very clearly. Drawing a grid on your window can be the best of all worlds. It will block off the birds reflection, won’t be unsightly to the human eye, and allows light into the room.
  • If you’re not using the room where the bird is pecking the window, simply closing the curtains can prevent them from seeing their reflection. As birds are more territorial during nesting season you may prefer to keep your curtains closed during the spring. This isn’t an ideal solution, as it means your room also doesn’t get the benefit of any daylight, but if you see a bird pecking, try closing the curtains until they have flown away.

2. Distraction techniques

This is a lot easier than it sounds, though some of the options may prove to be a little noisy for you. Hanging items outside the window which move and make a noise can be all the deterrent you need.

Wind chimes are a great option but you can also string old CDs together and hang these as well.

3. Putty problems

If a bird is attacking the putty around your window you may not see this as a problem, but if it is allowed to continue unchecked, it could weaken the putty. Not only that, but the sound of a bird pecking outside the window can be very distracting and annoying.

This one is quite an easy one to solve. Simple masking tape placed over the putty will stop the birds from attacking it, or brush the putty with something to repel birds. Solutions of aluminum or ammonium sulphate can be used and these will keep the birds at bay.

If you want to go for a more long term solution, you could look at swapping the putty for a synthetic putty. These don’t contain the same oils and birds are not so attracted to it.

4. Car windows

If the birds are attacking the windows on your car you can’t cover these so what can you do?

If you think about it, there’s a good chance the birds are only pecking the windows when it’s parked outside your home and one of the easiest solutions is to quite simply  move your car. As the bird is protecting its territory, and this is usually the backyard or area around your house, moving your car outside their territory will simply stop the attacks. Sometimes all you need to do is park outside your property during spring.

Why is a yellow finch tapping at my window

Answered By: Gilbert Allen Date: created: Aug 23 2021

The most usual reason for this behavior is because the bird sees the reflection of the great outdoors and another very attractive bird standing right in front of them. This bird might be considered mating material or a territorial threat.


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