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Hello,  A blue tit hovers at my window and at the back door window landing on the door handle lots of times a day .

There doesnt seem to be any insects about ,I am worried it will tire its self out poor thing . the blind in my window is often closed when it does this so its not reflection any advice



Hi Maureen,  I will read through my other notes, but these links may help if you read through them.  I wonder if the last link may help you most – that the bird does not see the glass but can see insects.  I know you said that you can’t see any insects, but maybe there are some there.

Hope the above helps.  When I first wrote about this, I thought that it would be one lone Blue Tit.  I was wrong and it happens in different places at different times.  It must be something inherent in the Blue Tit that it sees or instincively does.  Strange.


I’ve had this question and all I can think of is a chaffinch.  The chaffinches that come to my feeders have white on their wings.  But can  anyone help with more advice?

We have in our gaden a bird that is very much like a Dunnock, but it has white feathers on both its wings.We have Dunnock, robins chaffinches and the usual birds. But only this one has white feathers.

Can you tell me what kind of bird it could be, if not some kind of Dunnock

Another reason why blue tits fly into glass windows

Andy has given this plausible explanation

I can tell you that Blue Tits are not “attacking” their reflections or trying to fly to a point they believe to be beyond the glass.

Watch closely and you will notice the window will have spiders, flies and other titbits nestling in corners and crevices (some crossing the glass). The Tits will ‘hover’, like humming birds and dart in to snatch the tasty morsel for the youngsters.

I have a climbing rose to one side of the window and a hanging basket at the other, they use these as launching points and rarely ‘crash’ into the glass.

Occasionally a young bird may get too enthusiastic to grab his/her first snack but soon learns to take the more measured method of snacking.
If you want to help your Tit family picnics, provide a climber or other ‘perching point’ and get the joy of watching their antics from the comfort of your armchair.

We have three families in our boxes this year, with no mishaps.
Happy  watching.


This explanation gives a course of action that we could take to stop it happening.  .  We could put a hanging basket near the window, or put some sort of perch near the window.  This would stop the bird having to fly at the window from a long way off.

So this explanation means the birds just see the insect and not the glass window and fly toward the insect to catch a meal and hit glass.

Hope this helps someone in the future.  I know that people find it distressing when birds continuously fly at windows.  Let me know if it helps you.


Have had a few questions about how to stop Blue tits continuously flying into windows and hurting themselves.  The links to the earlier posts are at the bottom of this article. 

I’d like to say that birds see light slightly different to us, in a wider spectrum, so the blue tits t might be seeing things in the reflection that we cannot see.


Here are two readers who have had success in stopping the blue tits flying into windows. 


Hi,  Just to update that blue tit stopped appearing every morning and has now disappeared.

The dawn chorus getting earlier and the lighter mornings did seem to mark a bit of a turning point which is odd as we were being woken at about 05.30h and that was getting annoying and then it just stopped. I am pleased, but still a bit intrigued, as all the other comments above seem to be….



Instant success with cling film. Had to do window next to it as well but he has now stopped altogether! Thanks everyone.



  1. If its attacking its reflection, put a couple of strips of masking tape on the inside of the glass, this might deter the  blue tit. Just something to make it look less like transparant glass.
  2.  Try drawing the outline of a bird of prey on some paper, cut it out and stick it on the glass. I’ve  never tried this but i have read that it works. A large enough picture or photo might work but try and get as close to actual size as possible.  If it does work remember to remove it after the Blue Tit has ceased. Otherwise you might not see another bird anywhere near.
  3. If it’s while he’s feeling territorial during the breeding season, is there no way you can put a blind or other covering on the outside of the window at the times the sun’s shining on it? A pain in practice, but may work. Obviously not an option on upstairs windows.


This is the start of the questions in 2010


I really hope that this is the end of hearing about blue tits continuously  flying into windows.

It seems to me it must be something to do with the light.  The lighter mornings seem to have stopped one blue tit and cling film has helped as well.  But why Blue tits only do this on certain windows is a mystery.  I feel it could be that they do see things differently to us – but we will never know.


Hello, have just seen this thread after googling this issue. We have within the last year built an extension to the rear of our bungalow and since mid March we have been having, initially, blue tits, flying at the windows and pecking at them. We were baffled at why they would do this as prior to the extension being built we did not have this problem. After a couple of weeks the blue tits stopped and now we have the larger great tits doing the same at a larger conservatory window. We believe after much brain racking that the birds used to nest in an area where our extension now sits. The blue tits nested close to the window they were attacking and likewise with the great tits. Could anyone clarify if this is a likely reason why the birds are flying at our windows? Len Rendell

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Could you keep the curtains closed.  Do you have any window stickers ?

I heard of one bird trying to get at some putty that was in a window. Are
yours plastic window frames.

 A pal gave this reason  Birds attack shiny surfaces
because they see their own reflections.

With windows the bird sees a reflection of the outside – maybe trees, sky and another bird (which is in fact itself) 

Your blue tit maybe has mistaken its own reflection for a competitor for its own  mate or for the area of land where your bluetit lives.  So it thinks it is defending its own territory against an intruder.
It could damage itself,but it is also a waste of energy.   The ‘reflected bird’ will always be behind the glass of course, so your blue tit can’t win

maybe some type of cover partly covering the oustide of the window. 

A  Suggestion has come my way that if you use cling film on the window that stops the reflection,    Once you stop the reflection  then the  the birds automatic behaviour stops

It also seems that some birds attack different windows depending on where
the sun is reflecting on the window.


I know this is a repitition of what has been saidbefore.  Please let me know if you know of other reasons for this strange behaviour

Swallow recording and ringing in Worcestershire


Thank you Garth for sending this interesting information

Here in west Worcestershire the swallows have had a good season in my parish, and the adjoining ones.

 I managed to ring broods in 55 nests, some of which were double brooded, giving a total of 238 juveniles.

I also had a good return of ringed birds from last year, 10 out of this years catch of 43 and was my best average for returning adults.

The average brood was 4.2 and I kept records for the BTO on 35 pairs.
We have just returned from a HF holiday near Malham where there seemed to be no shortage of swallows and one had used a nest I found in a passagway.

A very interesting find was at Bolton Castle, where on Wed 8th Sept I noticed a nest in a stairway still with young, and enjoyed watching the adults coping with all the visitors using the stairs. If there were people under the nest they just sat on a light lower down and waited for them to move away.

As the daylight shortens their inbuilt desire to move south will take over, with them taking two months to fly to South Africa, then stay two months before they return to give us more pleasure next spring.


I didn’t realise that swallows take two months to fly to South Africa.  What inbuilt knowledge they have.

Thanks for sending this.  It must be wonderful to ring swallows.  Is it difficult?


One sad fact is some pairs of swallows have not learnt it can be disastrous to place their nests right under felt and tin roofs especially in a hot spell as we are now having.

It becomes so hot the nestlings are forced to jump out of the nest and then possible die hitting a hard floor.

If any of you have this happen it is possible to put up a container slightly lower down with an old swallow nest or hay in it, and move the young down. I did this recently when I found two dead and one just alive. It was the best thing to do as the last one would have died anyhow, so was worth a try. The parents recognise the chicks “peeps” for food when they fly in and feed them


 Garth, thanks for this.  Garth does a lot of recording for the British Trust for Ornithology and I’m really pleased he has taken the time to contact us.


It’s bad weather here today and I have been putting bird food out on and off all day!

Just wondered if the Coal Tits  are using any food store they have.

Coal Tits take the food, hide their food away, sometimes in the ground, sometimes in a tree.  They carry off nuts and store them in hiding places.  Nuts are nutritious and store well. 

They collect and store for a time when there is no food.  The bird remembers the exact location.

Isn’t that clever!  It must give them an advantage over other birds.

Has anyone seen anything like this or have other information about Coal Tits storing food.


All finches have short bills as they are seed eating birds. 

There are variations between bills as there are different types of finches



Here is some information about the first bird in the picture
The Hawfinch
  •   The hawfinch is the largest of the 12 British finches and has the most powerful bill.
  • The Hawfinch has a large head and bill.  It is not easy to see as it perches high in the branches of deciduous trees and keeps very still.
  • The Hawfinch breeds in forests, orchards, large gardens, bushy places and deciduous forests.
  • The stones of sloes, damsons and cherries are its basic food.  It also east haws, hips and holly berries.  With their powerful bills hawfinches can smash cherry stones.

I realise the photos are a little small, so here are the names of the birds

Hawfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Crossbill

Serin, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Brambling

Linnet, siskin,  Twite , redpoll

Panasonic Digital Camera photographs

Here are some photographs I have taken with my Panasonic Digital Camera.

I am not the most technical of people, but I do like using this camera.  I know the photos below are not professional – but they are for me.  I enjoy taking photographs and my Panasonic Lumix Camera helps me.  They are ordinary every day photos that tell a story of the Yorkshire Wolds.

I can carry this camera with me and know I can take photos any time.  It’s great.

Yorkshire hedge that birds shelter in through the winter night

I took the photo below because it shows two different berries in the same hedgerow.  Two lots of meals for birds! 

I know that my panasonic camera has the ability to take a much better photograph than I have done here. That, to me, is what makes things interesting.  I will be learning more about this camera and improving my photographing skills at the same time. This camera has a lot to teach me.


The Yorkshire Wolds  

Panasonic Digital Camera photograph Panasonic Digital Camera photograph


We have had a fox taking some chickens.  The chickens that were taken by the fox never stayed near the cockerill.  This cockerill makes such a noise sometimes and we know a fox is about.  We only have 4  hens left now (we used to have 11).  These 4 hens stay close to the cockerill

A protective Cockerill A protective Cockerill
For someone like me to be learning and enjoying using a Panasonic Digital Camera is amazing.  I  always thought that digital camera would be too technical for me.  They are technical, but I am enjoying learning.  It makes taking photogaphs interesting – I know I need more technical ability but with out my Panasonic Digital Lumix Camera I would not have the chance to learn.
Please send my your photographs.  I can put them on my Bird Table News site or on my Bird Table News forum.  If I start putting photographs on my forum you will be able to compare camera’s and photographs with other people.