One of the easiest (and most fun) things to do is to study birds’ flight path; where do they enter and then exit the garden? House Sparrows, for example, emerge cautiously in numbers from hedgerows and – where possible - take a short hop to bird tables and feeders. Larger birds like pigeons and doves are less coy in their approach; they may sit confidently on roof tiles and clumsily make their way to food and often return to the same spot when they’ve finished feeding. In which case, an open window or patio doors on the return journey might catch them off guard. Much to consider.
It’s easy to say “move feeders away from windows” – but the reality is that part of the enjoyment of feeding wildlife is watching wildlife and that’s hard to do if a feeder is hidden away in the trees. Hiding feeders away could, in fact, put birds in harm’s way as predators will find it easier to hide and hunt; cats – for example – soon learn to sit quietly in a tree/bush and leap onto a bird table full of birds.
Without a doubt, window deterrents reduce bird collisions and - for very little cost – are one of the simplest and relatively aesthetically pleasing ways of preventing birds from flying into windows. A pack of five bird silhouettes costs just £2.95.
Another way of advertising a window and making its presence clear is to place a window feeder on it. This may sound counterintuitive, but it really does work; birds see the feeder and over time begin to feed on it. The window feeder casts shadows/reflects on the window and the birds can more easily see the danger and the obstacle. This approach is very popular as it has two benefits: reduces bird-window strikes and provides food close where it’s even easier to observe birds feeding.