Daily Archives: February 25, 2010


For the last two years we have had a male Chaffinch coming to our windows and pecking on them as if wanting to attract our attention.

Strange thing is he only pecks at a window if he can see us so if we are not in one of the downstairs rooms he flies to the upstairs windows till he finds us then starts pecking away?

If we go towards the window he flies off but comes back almost immediatley.

Have you heard of this before?


Hi, thanks for getting in touch.  I have never, ever heard of such a thing!

I’m amazed.  This chaffinch is using it’s brain and realises that it can see you through windows.  It is following you round the house! 

I’ll never call anyone bird brain again.

Do you put bird food out.   Could it be that it is trying to attract your attention because the bird feeders are empty.  Maybe it is starving and wants food.  That is the only explanation I can think of.

Many years ago I forgot to put bird food out for two days when it was really snowing.  I was walking towards the gate and a bird was perched on top of the gate ‘spitting’ and ‘chirping’ frantically.  As I walked towards it it just kept looking at me and ‘spitting and chirping’.   That is the only way I can describe it.

I suddenly remembered I had forgotten the bird food.  I  quickly put some out and my garden was full of birds.

That is one reason I can think of.

Another reason is that for some unexplicable reason it has become attached to you and your family.

Has anyone else any ideas?