About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Window feeders prevent bird strikes

It's thought that birds hit windows because they try to fly through to the trees they see reflected on the glass surface but do not realize that a hard, transparent surface lies between them and that apparent perch. When a feeder is attached, it helps birds realize there is no fly through before it’s too late. 

Window feeders are exciting because they bring the birds up close for study. Wild Birds Unlimited has a variety of Window Feeders that are ideal for offering seeds or seed blends. They are simple to attach to your window with suction cups, are easy to fill and clean, and are backed with a lifetime guarantee.

Two tips: 
1. To enhance suction, a tiny dab of cooking oil may be rubbed on the rim of the cup.
2. To reduce mess, use Wild Birds Unlimited No-mess Blend. This is a blend that has all the shells removed and leaves no mess under the feeder.
Some other tactics to prevent window strikes are:
  • Decals like Window Alert placed on the outside of windows have had 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 for birds.
  • Locate feeders and birdbaths about 20-30 feet from windows so birds have time to change direction or within 1-2 feet of them so they can't gather enough speed to cause significant injury when flying to escape a predator.
  • Window screens will reduce injury even if a bird flies into it. Use them where practical.
If you do have a window strike and the bird is injured CALL FOR ADVICE! The best course may be no interference.
For a list of licensed rehabilitators in mid-Michigan click HERE.
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/

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