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  •  Before I put in a window feeder I did some........ (10+ / 0-)

    research on window strikes.

    Birds are confused by trees, plants and sky they can see through or reflected in the glass.  At night, lit windows confuse migrating birds who navigate by the moon and stars, and will lure in others, especially on cloudy and foggy nights.  Night or day the birds simply cannot perceive the glass.  

    Audobon and Cornell recommend verticle, white stripes four inches apart as being most effective.   It's the spacing that counts.  You can use soap or cello-tape to make the lines.  The only thing that approaches full proof are screens on the outside of windows.

    It seems a lot of strikes occur when birds are startled off of feeders.  They are quickly looking for a route of escape.  It was recommended that you consider escape routes when placing feeders and baths, and place them either far away (30 feet) from or very close  to (within 2-3 feet) windows.  Go stand next to your feeder or where you want to locate it at different times of the day and look your's and nearby windows from the perspective of startled bird.

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