How can I stop birds from repeatedly hitting my windows?

This is a common problem. The bird sees its reflection in the window and thinks another bird is encroaching on his territory. One solution is to put a silhouette of a hawk in the window. That scares them off. Birding and nature stores sell paper cutouts that you can tape to the window.

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USGS CoreCast
October 20, 2009

Wind Energy: A Scare for Bats and Birds

Several USGS scientists are investigating the problem of fatal bat and bird collisions with wind turbines. USGS scientist and bat specialist Dr. Paul Cryan at the Fort Collins Science Center chats with Juliette Wilson about whether we can have our wind turbines and healthy populations of bats and birds too.

Image: Fitting a Bird with a Tiny Radio Transmitter
September 22, 2008

Fitting a Bird with a Tiny Radio Transmitter

A captured bird is fitted with a tiny radio transmitter (designed to fall off after a few weeks) that allows it to be tracked, as well as gather data on the bird’s age, weight, fat load, wing size and shape, and general condition. 

Attribution: Ecosystems
Image: Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)
October 1, 2006

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)

Close up of a Costa's hummingbird perched on twig.

Attribution: Ecosystems
Image: Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
July 1, 2002

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

A male Blackbird perched on a grass stalk.

Attribution: Ecosystems
Image: Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
January 1, 2002

Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

A male Blackbird in field grass.

Attribution: Ecosystems
Image: Yellow-Headed Blackbird Fledgling.

Yellow-Headed Blackbird Fledgling.

Yellow-headed blackbird fledgling. This species is also recorded in the Bird Phenology Program cards.

Attribution: Ecosystems