Right now there are still young birds around learning the ropes and unfortunately, many times it's the inexperienced birds that fall victim to window strikes. Birds also strike windows as they quickly try to escape predators, hitting glass in a moment of panic. And during spring and fall migration, window strikes increase as birds unfamiliar with the area pass through.Window strikes are hard to totally eliminate, but there are ways to reduce them and/or reduce their severity:
Locate feeders and birdbaths within 1-2 feet of them so they can't
gather enough speed to cause significant injury or about 20-30 feet
from windows so birds have time to change direction. Window feeders also alert birds to a window.
2. Window screens will reduce injury even if a bird flies into it. Use them where practical.
3. Decals like Window Alert placed on the outside of windows
have had the most positive feedback from customers. Each decal contains
a component which brilliantly reflects ultraviolet sunlight. This
ultraviolet light is invisible to humans, but glows like a stoplight
If you do have a window strike and the bird is injured CALL FOR ADVICE!
The best course may be no interference. For a complete list of Michigan Licensed Rehabilitators visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at: http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/
Or to search for a local wildlife rehabilitation group by zip code at: http://www.wildliferehabber.org/