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.
LIGHTER MORNINGS STOPPING THE BLUE TIT ATTACKING WINDOW
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….
CLING FILM STOPPING BLUE TITS FLYING INTO WINDOW
Instant success with cling film. Had to do window next to it as well but he has now stopped altogether! Thanks everyone.
OTHER WAYS TO STOP BLUE TITS FLYING INTO WINDOWS
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.
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.
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.